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Yusril snaps back over corruption query JAKARTA - During an interview with The Jakarta Post last Tuesday, State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra was asked whether he gained financial advantages through a case currently being investigated. His reply - an emotional outburst - came totally unexpected. "You have gone beyond the KPK. The KPK interrogated me only as part of procedure. I think a journalist cannot act as an investigator. You are going beyond your authority as a journalist. If you were a public official, you could be sued in court for violating... going beyond your authority. Journalists are employed to raise questions and not to act as investigators," he told The Post.

Yusril was addressing journalist at a plenary session of the House of Representatives. He was presenting the government for the submission of two bills. One on chemical warfare and one on money laundering. The journalists raised the question following a statement made by the chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Taufiequrrachman Ruki, last Monday.

Ruki told the House that Yusril has been investigated as the former minister for Justice and Human Rights in a graft case currently investigated by the KPK. The case focuses on allegations that there were mark-ups concerning the buy of automatic fingerprint scanning devices with a value of 18 billion Rupiah (1,493,000 euro) in 2004. This case probably causes losses to the state with a value of 6 billion Rupiah (498,000 euro)

Yusril gave an interview on 16 February in his role of approving the direct appointment of a partner company which supplied the devices. Ruki said that there was in fact nothing wrong with that, as long as he didn't benefit from that appointment. There should be evidence of that in order to prosecute him.



Posted in Corruption @ 01 March 2007 04:47 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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tippical indonesia,

Corruption will never go if people with power have the most benefit of it!

Indonesia is a beautifull country but corruption will destroy it!!



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