Possible involvement of Anas` wife in money laundeirng probed

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it is looking into the possibility of Athiyyah Laila, wife of former general chairman of the ruling Democratic Party Anas Urbaningrum, being involved in money laundering.

The agency is still probing into the role played by Athiyyah Laila, whether she is involved by seeking to stash away her husbands ill gained money, KPK chairman Abraham Samad said here on Thursday.

Anas is already charged with corruption and money laundering by the anti graft agency.

Accusing someone with money laundering would need valid evidence, Samad said in replying to questions by reporters.

Athiyyah Laila, who visited her husband in the detention cell of KPK on Thursday refused to comment on money laundering allegation against Anas.

On Wednesday, KPK , which has arrested Anas on charge of corruption in the construction of Hambalang sport center, slapped money laundering charge against him .

KPK, however, could not yet determined whether Anas committed money laundering when he was a member of the general election commission in 2009 or after he joined the ruling party and became member of the House of representatives.

"One thing is certain that KPK already had strong evidence to charge Anas with money laundering," KPK spokesman Johan Budi said.

"The investigators have found two pieces of evidence and elements to name Anas a money laundering suspect," Johan added.

The charges faced by Anas could send him to a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of Rp10 billion.(*)