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The Strange Case of ‘Illegal Logger,’ Aged 15

Another strange case of misdirected justice has caught the attention of Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar.

While visiting a penitentiary in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on Wednesday, the minister met 15-year-old Riawan who was jailed for alleged illegal logging after a forest ranger found him carrying a piece of wood out of the jungle.

“This is strange, a child that young was arrested immediately, was immediately named a suspect,” Patrialis said, adding that he had asked police to review the case before proceeding.

Riawan’s case comes more than a year after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called for reforms in the treatment of juvenile delinquents, saying that 90 percent of the children who ended up incarcerated were either unaware that they were committing a crime or were simply out of options and desperate.

Yudhoyono also approved a proposal for 500 young prisoners to be pardoned, but the Jakarta Globe later found that only 50 were immediately given full pardons.

“Based on the Child Protection Law, trial and jail for children is the last resort. The first option should be rehabilitating children and educating them, making sure they do not repeat the mistake,” said Kristin Tambunan, a legal aid lawyer.

The lawyer added that she doubted Riawan was an illegal logger based on the fact that he was caught carrying a piece of wood out of the jungle.

“In a place like Kendari, it is very common for children to be already working or collecting branches from the forest,” Kristin said.

“Even if he was working for an illegal logging syndicate, that doesn’t mean he knew what he had gotten himself into.”

Arist Merdeka Sirait, chairman of the National Commission for Children Protection (Komnas Anak), also regretted the police’s hasty decision to put Riawan behind bars. “Even more concerning, he was jailed with adults, because Kendari doesn’t have a special place for juvenile delinquents,” Arist said.

Prison would only be a crime school for children and teenagers because they would encounter many hardened criminals there. Arist said.

“Now that Pak Patrialis has seen the kid in jail, the minister should immediately help the boy with rehabilitation and save him from the bad influence of prison,” he said.

Supreme court increases Gayus` jail term to 12 years

The Supreme Court turned down Gayus Tambunan`s appeal of the ruling on his bribery case linked to PT Surya Alam Tunggal (SAT) tax complaints and increased his jail sentence to 12 years.

“His sentence is increased to 12 years with a fine of Rp500 million or six months more in jail,” appellate court judge Krisna Harahap said here on Wednesday when asked for his confirmation on the decision.

The sentence is two years longer than the earlier sentence made by the Higher Court.

The former tax official`s appeals trial was carried out by supreme court judges Artijo Alkotsar, Krisna Harahap and Syamsul Chaniago.

The first Gayus Tambunan case handled by the Supreme Court was linked to tax complaints filed by PT Surya Alam Tunggal.

Tambunan`s charges include giving or promising rewards to civil servants or state apparatus namely the chief of the Tangerang District Court Muchtadi Asnun (US$30,000) and other judges (US$10,000 each).

Other recipients include police members Arafat Enanie and Sri Sumartini respectively receiving US$2,500 and US$3,500 and his lawyer, Haposan Hutagalung Rp800 million and US$45,000.

Krisna said in the review of the case opinions emerged that tax is the biggest income source for the budget so that its collection must be intensified and extended.

“On the other hand any disruption in its collection will directly hinder development efforts that will in the end hurt the people.” he said.

Any crime in tax restitution, he said, needs to be monitored closely as it will affect state income.

“He has no remorse and has even continued committing other crimes while his case is still being processed,” he said.

Gunmen ambush Indonesia soldiers in Papua, killed one

Unidentified gunmen ambushed Indonesian soldiers and killed one of them Thursday in the easternmost province of Papua, a military officer said.

Maj. Gen. Erfi Triassunu, the army chief in Papua, said the attackers ambushed a group of soldiers outside a village in the hilly district of Puncak Jaya.
The soldiers were attacked while taking their food supplies near the district capital of Mulia, Triassunu said, adding that soldiers are still chasing the gunmen.

He identified the victim as a first private who died instantly after being hit by a gunshot to his head, No information was available on the other soldiers.

Papua, a former Dutch colony on the western part of New Guinea, was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot.

However, a small, poorly armed separatist group, known as Free Papua Movement, or OPM, has battled for independence ever since.

The attack was the third this month against the army and came one day after a military tribunal indicted three soldiers for killing a civilian in Puncak Jaya last year.

Gunmen ambush Indonesia soldiers in Papua, killed one

Unidentified gunmen ambushed Indonesian soldiers and killed one of them Thursday in the easternmost province of Papua, a military officer said.

Maj. Gen. Erfi Triassunu, the army chief in Papua, said the attackers ambushed a group of soldiers outside a village in the hilly district of Puncak Jaya.
The soldiers were attacked while taking their food supplies near the district capital of Mulia, Triassunu said, adding that soldiers are still chasing the gunmen.

He identified the victim as a first private who died instantly after being hit by a gunshot to his head, No information was available on the other soldiers.

Papua, a former Dutch colony on the western part of New Guinea, was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot.

However, a small, poorly armed separatist group, known as Free Papua Movement, or OPM, has battled for independence ever since.

The attack was the third this month against the army and came one day after a military tribunal indicted three soldiers for killing a civilian in Puncak Jaya last year.

Police Set Their Sights on ‘Cikeas Octopus’ George Aditjondro

South Jakarta Police are threatening to forcibly arrest George Junus Aditjondro, prominent Suharto-era activist and controversial author of “Unraveling the Cikeas Octopus: Behind the Bank Century Scandal.”

George was named a suspect for allegedly assaulting Democratic Party politician Ramadhan Pohan during the launch of the book in December 2009.

“His [case] dossier was declared complete by prosecutors last month,” said Sr. Comr. Gatot Edy Pramono, South Jakarta Police Chief.

George has been charged with “offensive treatment,” covering articles of the Criminal Code on battery and minor maltreatment, which carry maximum penalties of one year and three months in jail respectively.

The incident saw George throw a copy of his book in the face of Ramadhan, who arrived uninvited at the book launch to defend President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The book alleged that some of the Bank Century bailout money was used by Yudhoyono’s Democrats ahead of the 2009 legislative and presidential elections. The incident was captured by television cameras.

“We have sent him two summonses to appear at the South Jakarta Police headquarters, but he has never shown up,” Gatot said. “We are now considering forcing him to come.”

Principal of Umar bin Khatab boarding school arrested

INDONESIA arrested the principal of an Islamic boarding school suspected of being a bomb factory on Friday following an explosion inside the campus earlier in the week, police said.

‘The West Nusa Tenggara police have arrested the principal of Umar bin Khatab boarding school, Abrori,’ National police spokesman Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said.

Mr Ana said the police arrested Abrori while he was at his parents’ house.

‘Abrori is suspected to be involved in the explosion at the school and also the slashing of a police officer in Bolo. He is being transferred from Bima to Mataram police headquarters for investigation,’ he said.

On Wednesday, police and soldiers surrounded the school in Bima town in West Nusa Tenggara province, two days after a bomb blast there had killed a suspected terrorist.

Students and teachers armed with knives and swords prevented police from investigating the blast, leading to a standoff that ended peacefully when the armed individuals mysteriously disappeared. After entering the school, police found nine Molotov cocktails spread over several locations, a number of sharp weapons, books on Jihad, arrows and several tools to assemble bombs.

PPATK identifies 109 suspicious transactions by Nazaruddin

The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) said it had identified 109 suspicious financial transactions made by fugitive graft suspect M. Nazaruddin and his company.

PPATK regulation unit head Fithriadi Muslim told news portal tempointeraktif.com on Saturday that the transactions were made through bank accounts owned by either Nazaruddin or his company.

“The transactions by his company were worth more than Rp 100 billion [US$11.7 million] and the individual transactions had a total value of Rp 50 billion,” he said.

He added that the PPATK obtained the transaction data from a bank that was alerted to transactions made by Nazaruddin. Fithriadi refused to disclose which bank.

“According to the money laundering law we are not allowed to identify the bank,” he said.

Fithriadi added that the PPATK had reported six of the transactions to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

He said the PPATK would continue to analyze transactions made by Nazaruddin, who is a suspect in a graft scandal surrounding a Southeast Asian (SEA) Games construction project.

Supreme Court Shock Guilty Verdict in Prita Mulyasari

Two years after Prita Mulyasari, a mother of three from Tangerang, was first detained for supposedly defaming an upscale hospital, and after three times having courts find in her favor, the Supreme Court has upheld an appeal and found her guilty.

The 34-year-old has faced a roller-coaster legal battle that started in mid-2008 when Tangerang’s Omni International Hospital reported her for libel for sending e-mails critical of its service to 20 friends.

Although the e-mails were meant to be private, Omni sued Prita in a civil case at the Tangerang District Court, winning Rp 312 million ($37,000). Prita appealed the decision to the Banten High Court, which cut the damages to Rp 204 million, before appealing to the Supreme Court, which quashed it altogether.

At the same time, however, she was tried in a criminal libel case. This time, the Tangerang court threw out prosecutors’ preliminary arguments and later acquitted her during the trial proper. Prosecutors appealed this ruling, and it was this appeal that the Supreme Court upheld on Friday in a ruling posted on its Web site.

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US Court of Appeals reinstates Indonesia lawsuit against Exxon Mobil

ELEVEN Indonesian villagers can sue oil giant ExxonMobil over killings and torture allegedly committed by security forces protecting one of the company’s gas projects, US judges ruled on Friday.

The decision by the federal court in Washington reversed a 2009 ruling which held that the Indonesians had no right to sue Exxon in the United States, and was the latest twist in a decade-long court battle.

The 11 anonymous villagers filed the suit in 2001, alleging that Indonesian soldiers working for Exxon committed torture, rape and murder while protecting the gas project in the country’s resource-rich Aceh province. Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, suffered nearly three decades of conflict before the Indonesian government signed a peace pact with separatist rebels in 2005.

Ruling in favour of the villagers, court said that they could sue in the United States under a 1789 law called the Alien Tort Statute (ATS).

Nazaruddin not in S’pore, says Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Amid reports that graft fugitive M. Nazaruddin was in Singapore to avoid Indonesian authorities, on Tuesday the Singapore government announced that the former Democratic Party treasurer was not in town.
“Nazaruddin is not in Singapore and has not been here for some time,” Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post.
“This information was conveyed to the Indonesian authorities several weeks ago, long before he was named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] on June 30, 2011,” it says.
The report adds that Singapore would always be willing to cooperate with Indonesian authorities to arrest Nazaruddin.
“But since Nazaruddin had not been charged with any crimes or even named a suspect at the time he was in Singapore and had a valid Indonesian passport, there was no reason to stop him from entering or leaving the country.”
In regards to Nazaruddin’s present whereabouts, the ministry said it had no knowledge, adding “we do not track people after they leave Singapore.”
“The Indonesian authorities were informed of his [immediate] destination at the time of departure, which is all the information we had.”