Husband Comes Out in Defense of Key Suspect

The Jakarta Globe

The husband of Nunun Nurbaetie Daradjatun, the missing link in the Miranda Goeltom corruption scandal, said on Tuesday that his wife was indeed ill and the constant negative media attention would only worsen her condition. 

Adang Daradjatun, Nunun’s husband and a former National Police deputy chief, asked journalists to respect the legal process taken by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). 

“Please, respect the principle of the presumption of innocence. Her position in this case is that of an eyewitness,” said Adang, who is also a Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker. 

“Stop this character assassination by the media because it will aggravate her condition.” 

The KPK has been attempting to formally question Nunun since early last year. Four convicted former lawmakers identified her as the courier of Rp 24 billion ($2.7 million) worth of traveler’s checks allegedly used to buy legislators’ votes to appoint economist Miranda as senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia in 2004. 

Nunun has ignored four summonses from the KPK, with her lawyers saying she is suffering from a mysterious amnesia-like illness, for which she is being treated in Singapore. 

Dr. Andreas Harry, a neurologist at Gading Pluit Hospital in North Jakarta, has been treating Nunun since 2009. 

“On July 25, 2009, Nunun suffered a stroke, the effects of which lasted for six months,” Andreas said. “But because her condition was not improving, I suggested that the family go to Singapore to get better treatment. That was when they went to Mount Elizabeth Hospital.” 

Andreas said that according to the most recent medical reports available, Nunun’s illness was not affecting her ability to speak, but it was causing memory loss similar to that seen in patients suffering from dementia. She appears physically healthy, he said, but her memory is poor. 

Adang would not say where Nunun was currently being treated, but welcomed an independent assessment of his wife’s health by a doctor appointed by the antigraft commission. 

“I just expect that the doctor would be a qualified doctor who could conduct a thorough examination of my wife,” he said. “I don’t want them to diagnose her from physical appearance alone. Her problem is internal.” 

Haryono Umar, a deputy chairman of the KPK, said the body would continue to monitor developments in the case and decide on its next step. 

“We do not have any immediate plan to send doctors to check Nunun’s health,” he said.

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