Tue, 25 Feb 2003

Laura denies Hamzah Haz link

JAKARTA: The identity of "Laura", rumored to be a daughter of Vice President Hamzah Haz, was partially revealed on Monday when she arrived at city police headquarters to give a statement on a drug case involving her boyfriend, actor and model Ibrahim Azhari.

"I am not the daughter of Hamzah Haz, but Ibrahim has really been my boyfriend for about one year," Laura Wendari told reporters as quoted by online news portal detik.com.

Laura, 25, also said she knew the vice presidential family through one of Hamzah's children.

Hamzah has 15 children from three wives. Laura was rumored to be the daughter of his third wife, Soraya, who has three children from a previous marriage.

Earlier on Sunday, Soraya and her daughter Aziza Kusuma Dewi held a press conference to deny that she was involved in the drug case.

However, there are still questions about Laura, who refused to discuss her family background.

There are rumors that her father is a high-ranking member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) or that her father is a legislator in the House of Representatives from West Nusatenggara Barat.--JP