Mallarangeng Brothers Only Victims of False Testimony?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB - Law

Defendant of National Sports School and Education Center (P3SON) development project corruption in Hambalang, Bogor, West Java, Andi "Choel" Zulkarnaen Mallarangeng (left) is seen discussing with his lawyer while hearing the witness´ testimony in the continuation trial at Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court, Monday (8/5). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Defendant of Hambalang project corruption, Andi "Choel" Zulkarnain Mallarangeng, claimed that he’s only a victim of false testimonies. Choel said that the mastermind of Hambalang corruption is the former Youth and Sports Minister’s Secretary Wafid Muharam.

"I think that the trial clearly reveals that Mr. Wafid Muharam is the mastermind behind the Hambalang mega corruption," Choel said at the Anti-Corruption Court, Jalan Bungur Besar Raya, Central Jakarta, Monday (8/5).

Choel said that Wafid is the one who manages the meeting of the parties that are involved in Hambalang project. Choel said that Wafid organized the House members and the subcontractor project.

"It’s clearly revealed in the latest second and third trials. It revealed that Wafid forced and threatened the main witness, Lisa Lukitawati, using her child’s photo," Choel said.

Choel said that he and his brother, former Youth and Sports Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng, are victims of false testimonies created by Wafid. Choel was accused of committing corruption by receiving Rp4 billion and US$550,000.

The prosecutors stated that Choel Mallarangeng is involved in directing the budgeting and procurement process of P3SON Hambalang development, which consists of planning consultant service procurement, construction management consultant service procurement, and construction service procurement to make a certain company win the project.

FALSE TESTIMONY - Previously, the former secretary of Hambalang project assistance team secretary Lisa Lukitawati Isa cried when she was giving testimonies in Choel Mallarangeng’s trial. She claimed that she was threatened by someone to corner the former Youth and Sports Minister Andi Alifian Mallarangeng.

After that, Choel questioned Lisa’s testimony, he questioned why she confessed in the trial. Lisa claimed that she was threatened to keep silence about the corruption.

Lisa said that she received a photograph of her son by the person who threatened her. When Choel questioned her whether the person who threatened her is Wafid Muharam, Lisa refused to answer him. "You can simplify it, Sir," Lisa said.

Lisa also claimed that she was threatened by many parties. One of them is related to the meeting of 10 House members and five people from the assistance team at Hotel Century.

She exposed that she was forced to give false testimonies for three times, which is in 2010, 2011, and 2012. However, she claimed that she wanted to give the real testimonies. (dtc/mfb)