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Indonesia minister arrested over pandemic aid corruption

Yahoo –AFP, December 6, 2020

Two Indonesian ministers have been arrested in recent weeks over
corruption allegations


Indonesia's social affairs minister was arrested Sunday for allegedly taking $1.2 million in bribes linked to food aid for those hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
 

Juliari Batubara was named as a suspect after Indonesian anti-corruption agents seized suitcases, backpacks and envelopes stuffed with cash equivalent to $1.2 million in a sting operation on Saturday. 

He turned himself in on Sunday at the anti-corruption agency's headquarters, becoming the second minister in President Joko Widodo's government to be arrested over alleged graft in recent weeks. 

"That's the people's money... it's aid urgently needed to help during Covid-19 and for the national economic recovery," Widodo said after Batubara's arrest, vowing he would not protect any corrupt officials. 

Indonesia's economy -- Southeast Asia's biggest -- has been hit hard by the pandemic, and the government has rolled out aid programmes such as food packages to help those in need. 

Batubara has been accused of involvement in a bribery scheme linked to one such aid project. 

Officials have alleged that he received more than $1 million from two contractors that were appointed to supply basic food packages for people affected by the pandemic. 

For each package, Batubara would receive 10,000 rupiah, or $0.71, officials alleged. 

If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of one billion rupiah ($70,000).

Lap of luxury: Indonesian jailers busted over fancy cells

Yahoo – AFP, 23 July 2018

Outside authorities found several cells that featured modern bathrooms with hot
showers, full-sized refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens and stereo loudspeakers

Inmates at an Indonesian prison paid for luxury cells equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and private washrooms, anti-graft officials said, in the graft-riddled country's latest corruption scandal.

Jail staff allegedly took bribes of 200-500 million rupiah ($14,000-$35,000) from inmates to renovate cells and supply banned mobile phones or even let them temporarily leave prison, Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said.

Anti-graft agents arrested five people connected to the scandal at Sukamiskin prison, including inmates and the warden who got cash and a pair of vehicles to look the other way, it added.

A raid on Sunday turned up several cells that featured modern bathrooms with hot showers, full-sized refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens and stereo loudspeakers, the KPK said.

"We apologise to the Indonesian people," Sri Puguh Budi Utami, the director general of Indonesia's prisons, told reporters late Sunday.

"We're very sorry that we still have not been able to maximise our monitoring systems."

A former tax official now serving time at Sukamiskin was once photographed watching a tennis tournament in Bali and had even travelled overseas on a fake passport when he was supposed to be in another jail.

Jail staff allegedly took bribes of 200-500 million rupiah ($14,000-$35,000) from
 inmates to renovate cells and supply banned mobile phones or even let them 
temporarily leave prison

The prison's other inmates include a former chief justice and ex-house speaker Setya Novanto, who was convicted in April of taking millions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes linked to the national roll-out of government ID cards.

They were not among the inmates or prison staff arrested Sunday.

Indonesian prisons are more commonly known for their poor conditions and outbreaks of violence.

But it is an open secret that the rich and powerful can buy luxury on the inside, prompting the government to warn last year that it would jail guards or other staff caught taking bribes from inmates in exchange for special treatment.

In one of the highest-profile cases, a businesswoman imprisoned for bribery had a cell with a spring mattress, couch, refrigerator, television and air conditioning -- and adjoining karaoke room.

Setya Novanto Hospitalized After Car Crash Amid Arrest Warrant in e-KTP Case

JakartaGlobe, Telly Nathalia, November 16, 2017

House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has been hospitalized following
 a solo car crash on Thursday night (16/11), mere hours after making his first public
statement regarding a warrant for his arrest in the e-KTP corruption case. (Antara Photo/
Sigid Kurniawan)

Jakarta. House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has been hospitalized following a solo car crash on Thursday night (16/11), mere hours after making his first public statement regarding a warrant for his arrest in the so-called e-KTP corruption case.

Novanto has repeatedly failed to show up for questioning by antigraft investigators as a suspect in the case involving massive graft in the procurement of electronic national identity cards, or e-KTP. The project was mothballed in October 2015 following a series of problems, including a late start, technical glitches and officials demanding payments from residents to provide the ostensibly free service.

Novanto's lawyer Fredrich Yunadi confirmed that his client was admitted to Permata Hijau Hospital in South Jakarta. He said Novanto was unconscious and that he suffered from high blood pressure, in addition to a pre-existing heart condition.

"I received a call to meet him at the Metro TV studios. On my way [to Metro TV], his aide informed me that they had just been involved in an accident ... he [Novanto] was injured and immediately lost consciousness," Fredrich said.

The lawyer explained that Novanto intended to comply with a summons by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prior to the accident, but that this unfortunately prevented his client from doing so.

Fredrich said four internists are observing Novanto due to his "serious" medical condition, which will require his client undergoing a computed tomography, or MRI, test.

A few hours before the accident, Metro TV conducted a telephonic interview with the Golkar Party chairman, who denied allegations that he was trying to avoid questioning in the case.

"I have to respect the legal process I am facing now, and I always respect the process. I never fail [to comply with KPK summonses], because each of the three times I was summoned as a witness in the case against Anang, I submitted written statements. Today is my fourth summons," Novanto said, referring to Anang Sudihardjo, president director of Quadra Solution, one of the companies in a consortium that won a contract to procure the national identity cards for the government.

"This is my first summons as a suspect. I am surprised, because just after the first summons, while I was studying the legal matters for today, there was a plan to arrest me," he continued.

In early November, the KPK named Novanto a suspect in the case for a second time, based on allegations that he siphoned off Rp 574 billion ($42 million) from the Rp 5.9 trillion e-KTP project, which resulted in Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.

"I never received money; it can be checked with the BPK [State Audit Agency] or the BPKP [State Finance and Development Surveillance Committee]," Novanto stressed.

He explained that he filed for a judicial review by the Constitutional Court of the 2002 Law on the KPK, including an article that allows the antigraft agency to question a suspect by disregarding procedures stipulated in other laws. Another article allows the KPK to request the immigration office to impose a travel ban on a graft suspect.

"I also took up legal protection measures with the president and other state agencies," he said, admitting that he reported KPK commissioners Agus Rahardjo and Saut Situmorang to the police for abuse of authority and using false documents to bar him from leaving the country.

Novanto's whereabouts were unknown when antigraft investigators showed up at his house in South Jakarta on Wednesday night. This prompted the KPK to warn the politician that he would be declared a fugitive from justice if he did not surrender himself to investigators.

Police said on Wednesday that they would assist the KPK in apprehending Novanto if requested to do so.

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Law Enforcers Sign Whistle-Blower Protection Agreement

Jakarta Globe, UlmaHaryanto, July 19, 2011

Agus Condro, the whistleblower in the Miranda Goeltom Bank Indonesia
bribery scandal. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)  
   
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Topofficials from Indonesian law enforcement institutions gathered at the AryadutaHotel in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to sign an agreement granting protection towhistle-blowers as an integral part in the fight against crime.

"Thisagreement is a joint commitment of law enforcement institutions to provideprotection to whistle-blowers as justice collaborators," said Abdul Haris,chairman of the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK).

He wasjoined at the signing by Supreme Court Chief Justice Harifin A. Tumpa, JudicialMafia Eradication Work Unit chief Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Coordinating Ministerfor Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto, National Police ChiefTimur Pradopo, Justice and Human Rights minister Patrialis Akbar, AttorneyGeneral Basrief Arief, and Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairmanBusyro Muqoddas.

Protectionfor whistle-blowers, Haris said, was important in revealing corruption andother serious or organized crimes.

JudicialMafia Eradication Task Force secretary Denny Indrayana added that his team,together with the LPSK, had pushed for a revision of the 2006 Law on Witnessand Victim Protection.

"Throughthe joint agreement and international seminar we hope to have helped lawenforcement officials understand the issues and speed up the revisionprocess," Denny said.

It isunclear if the new agreement would affect the sentencing of the whistle-blowerin the Miranda Goeltom Bank Indonesia bribery scandal.

The man whowent public with the case, Agus Condro Prayitno, a former lawmaker from theIndonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), is serving a 15-month jailsentence for accepting a bribe in exchange for voting for Miranda as a BankIndonesia deputy governor in 2004.

Govt to retain death penalty In anti-corruption bill

Antara News, Sat, June 4 2011

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Malang, East Java, (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will retein the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill, Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said.

"The inclusion of the maximum penalty indeed would make it difficult for Indonesia to recoup stolen wealth kept abroad. It is because of this penalty that European countries would not cooperate with Indonesia (to collect it)," he said at Muhammadiyah University in Malang here on Saturday.

He said however that the government would still retain the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill which will be submitted to the House of Representatives in the next one or two months for further discussion so that it could be immediately passed into law.

He said the government called on all parties including academicians to contribute with better ideas and views for the improvement of the bill.

He said the government would also cooperate with provincial governors, district heads and city mayors from across the country to improve the people`s legal awareness.

He said Indonesia is currently facing four big problems that need to be settled thoroughly with regard to building civil society.

The four problems are corruption, terrorism, narcotics and its distribution and poverty and ignorance.

Corruption eradication efforts have not been maximal but the government would continue to conduct improvement. Regarding terrorism he said that the people still continued being disturbed with bomb threats.

Regarding narcotics the minister said that people have been made restless because of the widespread of narcotics distribution. He said the prisons and detention houses have now even been dominated by people linked with narotics cases. He said 50,000 out of 135,000 people in prisons and detention centers are there because of narcotic cases.

"When will we be able to create a civil society if until now we are still spooked by various big problems including poverty and ignorance," he said.

Editor: Ruslan Burhani

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Govt to retain death penalty In anti-corruption bill

Antara News, Sat, June 4 2011

Related News

Malang, East Java, (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will retein the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill, Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said.

"The inclusion of the maximum penalty indeed would make it difficult for Indonesia to recoup stolen wealth kept abroad. It is because of this penalty that European countries would not cooperate with Indonesia (to collect it)," he said at Muhammadiyah University in Malang here on Saturday.

He said however that the government would still retain the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill which will be submitted to the House of Representatives in the next one or two months for further discussion so that it could be immediately passed into law.

He said the government called on all parties including academicians to contribute with better ideas and views for the improvement of the bill.

He said the government would also cooperate with provincial governors, district heads and city mayors from across the country to improve the people`s legal awareness.

He said Indonesia is currently facing four big problems that need to be settled thoroughly with regard to building civil society.

The four problems are corruption, terrorism, narcotics and its distribution and poverty and ignorance.

Corruption eradication efforts have not been maximal but the government would continue to conduct improvement. Regarding terrorism he said that the people still continued being disturbed with bomb threats.

Regarding narcotics the minister said that people have been made restless because of the widespread of narcotics distribution. He said the prisons and detention houses have now even been dominated by people linked with narotics cases. He said 50,000 out of 135,000 people in prisons and detention centers are there because of narcotic cases.

"When will we be able to create a civil society if until now we are still spooked by various big problems including poverty and ignorance," he said.

Editor: Ruslan Burhani

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Govt to retain death penalty In anti-corruption bill

Antara News, Sat, June 4 2011

Related News

Malang, East Java, (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will retein the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill, Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said.

"The inclusion of the maximum penalty indeed would make it difficult for Indonesia to recoup stolen wealth kept abroad. It is because of this penalty that European countries would not cooperate with Indonesia (to collect it)," he said at Muhammadiyah University in Malang here on Saturday.

He said however that the government would still retain the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill which will be submitted to the House of Representatives in the next one or two months for further discussion so that it could be immediately passed into law.

He said the government called on all parties including academicians to contribute with better ideas and views for the improvement of the bill.

He said the government would also cooperate with provincial governors, district heads and city mayors from across the country to improve the people`s legal awareness.

He said Indonesia is currently facing four big problems that need to be settled thoroughly with regard to building civil society.

The four problems are corruption, terrorism, narcotics and its distribution and poverty and ignorance.

Corruption eradication efforts have not been maximal but the government would continue to conduct improvement. Regarding terrorism he said that the people still continued being disturbed with bomb threats.

Regarding narcotics the minister said that people have been made restless because of the widespread of narcotics distribution. He said the prisons and detention houses have now even been dominated by people linked with narotics cases. He said 50,000 out of 135,000 people in prisons and detention centers are there because of narcotic cases.

"When will we be able to create a civil society if until now we are still spooked by various big problems including poverty and ignorance," he said.

Editor: Ruslan Burhani

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Govt to retain death penalty In anti-corruption bill

Antara News, Sat, June 4 2011

Related News

Malang, East Java, (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will retein the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill, Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said.

"The inclusion of the maximum penalty indeed would make it difficult for Indonesia to recoup stolen wealth kept abroad. It is because of this penalty that European countries would not cooperate with Indonesia (to collect it)," he said at Muhammadiyah University in Malang here on Saturday.

He said however that the government would still retain the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill which will be submitted to the House of Representatives in the next one or two months for further discussion so that it could be immediately passed into law.

He said the government called on all parties including academicians to contribute with better ideas and views for the improvement of the bill.

He said the government would also cooperate with provincial governors, district heads and city mayors from across the country to improve the people`s legal awareness.

He said Indonesia is currently facing four big problems that need to be settled thoroughly with regard to building civil society.

The four problems are corruption, terrorism, narcotics and its distribution and poverty and ignorance.

Corruption eradication efforts have not been maximal but the government would continue to conduct improvement. Regarding terrorism he said that the people still continued being disturbed with bomb threats.

Regarding narcotics the minister said that people have been made restless because of the widespread of narcotics distribution. He said the prisons and detention houses have now even been dominated by people linked with narotics cases. He said 50,000 out of 135,000 people in prisons and detention centers are there because of narcotic cases.

"When will we be able to create a civil society if until now we are still spooked by various big problems including poverty and ignorance," he said.

Editor: Ruslan Burhani

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Govt to retain death penalty In anti-corruption bill

Antara News, Sat, June 4 2011

Related News

Malang, East Java, (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will retein the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill, Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said.

"The inclusion of the maximum penalty indeed would make it difficult for Indonesia to recoup stolen wealth kept abroad. It is because of this penalty that European countries would not cooperate with Indonesia (to collect it)," he said at Muhammadiyah University in Malang here on Saturday.

He said however that the government would still retain the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill which will be submitted to the House of Representatives in the next one or two months for further discussion so that it could be immediately passed into law.

He said the government called on all parties including academicians to contribute with better ideas and views for the improvement of the bill.

He said the government would also cooperate with provincial governors, district heads and city mayors from across the country to improve the people`s legal awareness.

He said Indonesia is currently facing four big problems that need to be settled thoroughly with regard to building civil society.

The four problems are corruption, terrorism, narcotics and its distribution and poverty and ignorance.

Corruption eradication efforts have not been maximal but the government would continue to conduct improvement. Regarding terrorism he said that the people still continued being disturbed with bomb threats.

Regarding narcotics the minister said that people have been made restless because of the widespread of narcotics distribution. He said the prisons and detention houses have now even been dominated by people linked with narotics cases. He said 50,000 out of 135,000 people in prisons and detention centers are there because of narcotic cases.

"When will we be able to create a civil society if until now we are still spooked by various big problems including poverty and ignorance," he said.

Editor: Ruslan Burhani

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Govt to retain death penalty In anti-corruption bill

Antara News, Sat, June 4 2011

Related News

Malang, East Java, (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will retein the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill, Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said.

"The inclusion of the maximum penalty indeed would make it difficult for Indonesia to recoup stolen wealth kept abroad. It is because of this penalty that European countries would not cooperate with Indonesia (to collect it)," he said at Muhammadiyah University in Malang here on Saturday.

He said however that the government would still retain the death penalty in the anti-corruption bill which will be submitted to the House of Representatives in the next one or two months for further discussion so that it could be immediately passed into law.

He said the government called on all parties including academicians to contribute with better ideas and views for the improvement of the bill.

He said the government would also cooperate with provincial governors, district heads and city mayors from across the country to improve the people`s legal awareness.

He said Indonesia is currently facing four big problems that need to be settled thoroughly with regard to building civil society.

The four problems are corruption, terrorism, narcotics and its distribution and poverty and ignorance.

Corruption eradication efforts have not been maximal but the government would continue to conduct improvement. Regarding terrorism he said that the people still continued being disturbed with bomb threats.

Regarding narcotics the minister said that people have been made restless because of the widespread of narcotics distribution. He said the prisons and detention houses have now even been dominated by people linked with narotics cases. He said 50,000 out of 135,000 people in prisons and detention centers are there because of narcotic cases.

"When will we be able to create a civil society if until now we are still spooked by various big problems including poverty and ignorance," he said.

Editor: Ruslan Burhani

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