In her first public appearance since being implicated in a graft scandal, Angelina Sondakh renounced all suggestions of her involvement, including retracting earlier statements she made to the Corruption Eradication Commission.

According to the antigraft body’s investigation document, Angelina, a lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Party, communicated through BlackBerry Messenger with another suspect, Mindo Rosalina Manulang, asking for bribe money in exchange for rigging a tender linked to the construction of the athletes’ village for last year’s Southeast Asian Games.

Presiding Judge Dharmawati Ningsih immediately consulted Angelina’s witness examination document (BAP) prepared by the antigraft body known as the KPK and signed by Angelina. Angelina replied that she was not the owner of the BlackBerry used to communicate with Rosalina.

KPK prosecutor I Kadek Wiradana said that through the BlackBerry conversation, Angelina requested Rosalina provide bribe money to Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker I Wayan Koster.

Unconvinced by Angelina’s testimony, Nazaruddin’s lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea, requested the court examine Angelina and Rosalina together. The money for Angelina, Rosalina, a director in Permai Group said, was given to Angelina’s assistant, Jefry.

But on Wednesday, Angelina denied having an assistant named Jefry. Permai Group driver Lutfi Ardiansyah told the court earlier that he was instructed to deliver a box full of money to Wayan’s office at the House of Representatives. On the way out, he said, he saw Angelina walking toward Wayan’s room. Angelina dismissed Lutfi’s testimony, saying that she never set foot in Wayan’s office.

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