JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The graft trial of disgraced former Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi has taken a new twist after he offered to cut a deal with prosecutors.
“I swear to help the judges, prosecutors and the Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] find the parties behind the graft scandal that cost the state Rp. 11.5 billion (USD 806,494.02) as a 'Justice Collaborator',” Imam said during a virtual plea for his defense on Friday, June 19.
According to Antara news agency, Imam denied any wrongdoing. “I swear on the Al-Qur’an that I am not the party to gain bribes and kickbacks,” he said. “I was uninvolved, unaware, much less asked, ordered, or received any of the funds in question.”
“As the main defendant, I urged prosecutors to confront Ulum, [former KONI Secretary General] Ending Fuad Hamidy and [KONI Treasurer] Johnny E. Awuy and others in the case to crosslist our accounts,” Imam said. “But they turned down my request because of time constraints.”
Imam said that Indonesian badminton great Taufik Hidayat should also be prosecuted as he acted as a courier to give the funds from KONI to the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Citing a clean record
Imam thanked President Joko Widodo for appointing him Youth and Sports Minister during his first term between 2014–2019.
“Jokowi never reprimanded me,” said Imam, using the President’s nickname. ”During my tenure, Indonesian sports made strides in Asia and the wider world.”
“I do apologize for my inability to control my subordinates. And I urge the KPK and prosecutors to uncover the extent of corruption within the Indonesian National Sports Council (KONI). I also call on the authorities to drop all charges against me and rehabilitate my name.”
The KPK has alleged that Imam accepted the kickbacks from KONI Secretary General Ending Fuad Hamidy and KONI Secretary General Johnny E. Awuy while serving as sports minister during President Joko Widodo’s first term between 2014 and 2019.
Investigators said he used the funds to speed up a grant proposed by KONI for supervising several athletic events in 2018, including the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games.
Aside from Rp. 11.5 billion in bribes, the KPK and the Attorney General’s Office said Imam accepted an additional Rp. 8.64 billion from officials in his ministry. They also urge a 10-year jail sentence, a Rp. 500 million fine and a ban from public office for up to five years after his release.
(Writer: Ardito Ramadhan/Editor: Krisiandi)
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