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Antigraft activists applaud Akil’s life sentence A leading antigraft watchdog has applauded the Anti-Corruption Court’s decision to sentence former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar to life in prison. “This verdict will not only give a deterrent effect but also send a message to other law enforcers not to commit corruption or take bribes,” said Emerson Yuntho, the legal monitoring coordinator of the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 July 2014 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency questions Jero Wacik The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik for questioning as a witness over a graft case related to the ministrys amended State Budget (APBN-P) 2013 by Parliaments Commission VII.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 June 2014 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigators pledge to trace Suryadharma Ali`s wealth The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators will trace the wealth of Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to haj pilgrimage management, a KPK commissioner said.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suryadharma: 'Not to resign as religious affairs minister' Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali stated on Friday he will not resign, although he was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious affairs minister suspect in corruption case Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 01:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutan Bhatoegana named suspect in corruption case Sutan Bhatoegana (SB), a parliamentary member from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonos Democrat Party, has been named a suspect in a corruption case at the energy and mineral resources ministry.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 May 2014 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President issues instruction on corruption prevention President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday signed presidential instruction no. 2/2014, entitled Drafting of Corruption Prevention and Eradication Action Plan (PPK). The presidential directive becomes effective on March 21, 2014, the cabinet secretary said on its website.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2014 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


400 police personnel guard Anas at anti-graft office Jakarta Metropolitan Police deployed 400 personnel to safeguard the arrival of former ruling Democratic Party (PD) chairman Anas Urbaningrum at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Djoko Susilo receives much higher sentence in High Court The Jakarta High Court has handed down a heftier sentence to corruption convict Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo, ordering him to serve 18 years in prison and refund the state Rp 32 billion ($2624,000) for his involvement in the graft-ridden procurement of driving simulators.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 December 2013 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to auction seized goods to foster anti-corruption spirit The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) plans to auction several of the goods it has seized during the past six months on Wednesday at the Gelora Bung Karno sports center in Central Jakarta, the Commissions Director for Anti-Gratification Affairs Giri Supradiono announced on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2013 15:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Corruption real threat to development' Corruption is a real threat to development, stated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here, on Monday, in the wake of the Anti-Corruption Day commemoration. "Corruption is still happening in Indonesia. It is a real threat to the development of this nation," Yudhoyono noted.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 18:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Miss Indonesia sentenced to 12 years in jail The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Democratic Party politician Angelina Sondakh to 12 years imprisonment for her involvement in corruption at two ministries, namely the Ministry of Culture and Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 November 2013 18:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, China establish anti corruption cooperation Indonesia and China have established anti corruption cooperation, according to a press release from Indonesian Embassy here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2013 12:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body arrests another judge on corruption charges The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested a judge on corruption charges in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung on Friday, a spokesman said. "It is true a team of KPK investigators arrested two people suspected of involvement in a corruption case at 02.45 p.m.," KPK spokesman Johan Budi said on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2013 20:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS says corruption case due to zionist conspiracy The statement of high party members of the Islamic PKS party that a zionist conspiracy was created against the party which it caused to be involved in a huge corruption scandal has been made without any evidence backing it up. "It's just pure speculation, there is no evidence at all," said Habiburohkman, of the Union of Spokespersons.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 February 2013 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Angie sentenced to 4.5 years in jail A panel of judges of anti-corruption court Tipikor sentenced Angelina Sondakh (Angie), a defendant in a budget corruption case involving two ministries, to 4.5 years' imprisonment on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2013 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President concerned over continuing human rights violations President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern here on Monday over human rights violations that happened in horizontal or communal conflicts in the country caused by excessive euphoria in the implementation of freedom of expression.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2012 19:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency prioritizes corruption prevention efforts The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is currently focusing on efforts to prevent corruption in Indonesia by running anti-corruption campaigns in cooperation with various institutions of the country, according to KPK Chief Abraham Samad.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2012 17:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ranked 100th on list of corruption nations Indonesia ranked 100th together with 11 other corrupt countries, according to Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, in its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2011.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2012 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker: 'Anti-graft agency cannot stand alone' House Speaker Marzuki Alie has stated that an anti-corruption agency cannot be expected to eradicate corruption in the country without the cooperation of other parties.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2012 00:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body investigates 10 suspicious transactions The Corruption Eradication Commission is examining 10 reports on suspicious transactions (LHA) filed by the Financial Transaction Analysis and Report Centre (PPATK), according to KPK spokesman Johan Budi.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 October 2012 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-health minister denies receiving traveler`s cheque Former health minister Siti Fadilah Supari denied on Tuesday she had received traveler`s cheque worth Rp1.27 billion from head of the health ministry`s crisis center Rustam Syarifuddin Pakaya named a suspect in a graft case. "Never," she said in a reply to public prosecutor`s question during a court session at the anti-corruption court here.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 October 2012 00:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US expert on anti-corruption efforts visits Indonesia American Attorney Danforth Newcomb, who specializes in prosecuting and fighting corruption, is visiting Indonesia from September 17-28 to speak on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in the United States.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 September 2012 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Solution needed to solve international corruption' Indonesian chief minister for legal, political and security affairs Djoko Suyanto said efforts must be made to find a way to settle corruption cases affecting other countries.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 September 2012 19:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption curriculum implemented in Manado The anti-corruption curriculum has been implemented at all schools in Manado, North Sulawesi, said the local education office spokesman Dante Tombeg here on Thursday. "We have applied the anti-corruption curriculum in the subjects of civics, social sciences and religion at all schools in Manado," Dante announced.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 May 2012 15:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption culture to be included in school curriculum Anti-corruption culture will be included in the curriculum from elementary school to university, stated Minister for National Development Planning Armida Alisyahbana here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 May 2012 15:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former senior tax official named suspect in graft case The Attorney General`s Office has named a former secretary of the directorate general of taxes as a new suspect in an alleged graft case in connection with procurement of information technology system at the directorate.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 May 2012 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to declare Manado as integrity zone The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is making preparations for the launch on April 26, 2012 of the North Sulawesi provincial capital Manado as a corruption-free zone.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 March 2012 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two arrested for $59 million insurance scam in Indonesia Police in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta detained two people on Friday for an alleged money-laundering scheme involving state-owned insurer Asuransi Kredit Indonesia (Askrindo) which may have cost the state up to Rp 500 billion ($59 million), local media reported on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 21 August 2011 06:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Social Minister over a year in prison for graft Former Social Affairs Minister Bachtiar Chamsyah on Tuesday was sentenced to over a year in prison for graft in the procurement of goods for victims of natural disasters in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2011 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian governor indicted on corruption charges A governor of Bengkulu province on Sumatra in Indonesia was indicted on Monday on corruption charges involving over $2 million, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2011 19:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former diplomat faces 3 years in graft case State prosecutor with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) demanded a three year prison sentence for former Foreign Ministry secretary general Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat in an alleged corruption case related to the renovation the Indonesian embassy in Singapore in 2003.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 January 2011 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government vows to tackle corruption in 2011 The Indonesian government has vowed to tackle corruption in 2011 as accorded in a meeting with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 December 2010 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police suspects groups provoked students to rampage in Makassar Indonesia's South Sulawesi police department on Friday said that it suspects that 'certain groups' provoked students to rampage against law enforcement during the Makassar riot, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Protests @ 10 December 2010 22:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indictment: 'Ex-tax officer amassed Rp 885 billion' Former senior tax officer Bahasyim Assifie went on trial on Thursday in connection with a multimillion dollar money laundering case between 2004 and 2010. In their indictment read out at the South Jakarta District Court, state prosecutors said Bahasyim, former chief of the Jakarta tax office for Koja and Palmerah areas, had amassed a whopping Rp 885.15 billion (73 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2010 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Team SBY finds 'hotel rooms' in prisons The authorities in Indonesia have been put in the spotlight by a prison scandal in the capital Jakarta. This scandal erupted yesterday after media published about very luxury housing for some wealthy prisoners in some prisons in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 13 January 2010 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New anti-corruption force put to work President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has officially formed a workgroup to combat the rampant mafia hukum, or corruption among lawmakers and enforcers of the law in the country. The new workgroup should be put into active duty right away to clean up Indonesia's heavily corrupted system of law. The law has been signed by Yudhoyono on December 30, 2009.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 January 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono renews pledge to lead fight against corruption Referring to corruption as a common enemy, on Tuesday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reasserted his pledge to lead a jihad (holy war) against corruption in Indonesia. In a televised speech on the eve of International Anti-Corruption Day, Yudhoyono asked the public to work together to fight graft, saying he wished to create a clean government as his legacy by the end of his term in 2014.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2009 06:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption with visa-on-arrival at Bali airport DenPost reports that 44 immigration officials are now being examined by the Anti-Corruption Board (KPK) in connection with the suspected embezzlement of Rp. 3 billion (US$294,000) by immigration officials at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport. The alleged corruption reportedly occurred between the months of October 2008 and May 2009 in the under-reporting of funds received from visa on arrival sales.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 July 2009 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Not detected or too lazy to detect? How could the tourist that was infected with Mexican Flu still enter Indonesian territory without being detected by the recently installed body temperature scan equipment at the international airport of Denpasar, Bali? Of course the equipment functioned, according Ms. Decease Comes from Outside Indonesia, Siti Fadhilah Supari.

Posted in Culture @ 27 June 2009 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What do they do with a corrupt mayor? Ever wondered what Indonesians do with a mayor, or someone else at a quite senior government level, has been found guilty of corruption by the special corruption court of the anti-corruption commission KPK? Well, it´s quite simple, most of those convicted criminals, because that´s what they are, will appear in local and regional newspapers, including name and ´mugshot´.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 May 2009 17:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Motive for murder on Zulkarnaen moves to suspected corruption The motive in the murder case on Nasrudin Zulkarnaen which caused the head of the corruption watchdog KPK, Antasari Azhar, to be put on non-active because he is a suspect in the case, has now changed from a love triangle to suspected corruption. There is some evidence that connects Antasari and Zulkarnaen with Sigid Haryo Wibisono in a possible corruption case at the Department of Social Affairs.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 May 2009 16:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti corruption watchdog chief named suspect in murder plot The head of Indonesia's powerful anti-corruption watchdog, Antasari Azhar, has been named as a suspect in the Mafia-style execution of a senior executive, amid allegations of a love triangle gone wrong. But Azhar's lawyer has dismissed the notion his client masterminded the murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, describing it as a conspiracy to destroy a graft-busting crime fighter.

Posted in Crime @ 04 May 2009 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ICW reports suspected corruption in Department of Religious Affairs to KPK Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has evidence in the form of papers in which loans, which are signed by the minister of Religious Affairs Maftuh Basyuni and the general director of the Islamic department of the ministry, Taufik Kamil, are used to donate money to members of the parliament. The evidence has been handed over to the anti-corruption watchdog KPK last week.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 December 2008 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption court indicts former First Media executive Prosecutors at the Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday indicted Billy Sindoro, a former director of cable television and Internet provider PT First Media Tbk, for allegedly giving Rp 500 million ($46,000) as a bribe to a government official in charge of monitoring monopolistic business practices.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 December 2008 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption watchdog detains relative of Yudhoyono Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog arrested a relative of President Yudhoyono in connection with the misappropriation of millions of dollars in bank funds, media reports said Friday. After several hours of questioning, Aulia Tantowi Pohan, the father-in-law of Yudhoyono's son, was arrested Thursday in connection with an 8-million-dollar graft case at the country's central bank.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 November 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption watchdog seizes 194 bn Rupiah from state officials Indonesia Anti-Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said that it has seized 194 billion Rupiah (12.9 million euro) in state assets from public officials during the 2007-2008 period, according to a newspaper on Monday. Indonesia has been combating corruption, which hampered its efforts in attracting foreign investment.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 November 2008 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Former West Java governor arrested by anti-corruption agency Since July 21, the former governor of West Java province, Danny Setiawan, was kept as a suspect by the anti-corruption agency KPK in a case related to heavy equipment and fire trucks bought by the West Java government with state funds in 2004. Yesterday, Danny Setiawan was officially arrested by the KPK.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 November 2008 00:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK names two suspects in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission has named Mohammad Iqbal, a member of the Business Competition Supervisory Commission, and Billy Sindoro, President Director of First Media, as suspects for bribery less than a day after the arrest was made on them. Muhammad Iqbal is detained at Central Jakarta Police headquarters while Billy is detained in West Jakarta, both will be under police custody for 20 days.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2008 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New corruption scandal set to rock Central Bank Another corruption scandal is set to rock Indonesia's central bank, as well as the country's parliament. New evidence has emerged that lawmakers were paid to elect Ms Miranda Goeltom as the central bank's senior deputy governor in 2004. A lawmaker has admitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission that he received some US$54,000 in cash, allegedly as a payout for favouring Ms Goeltom over two other candidates for the post.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 August 2008 09:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian authorities plan uniforms for accused corruptors There is growing criticism of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to dismiss two senior ministers, implicated in a Bank Indonesia corruption scandal. The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks by allegations that the father-in-law of President Yudhoyono's eldest son was approving the bribes.

Posted in Human rights @ 13 August 2008 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Woman sentenced for five years in prison for bribing officer An Indonesian businesswoman was jailed yesterday for five years in a corruption scandal that has grown to include two senior members of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's cabinet. Artalyta Suryani was found guilty of paying a prosecutor some 423,076 euro to drop an investigation into the misuse of central bank funds.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2008 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief of Indonesian central bank arrested on graft charges The anti-corruption commission in Indonesia has finally arrested the country's central bank governor on graft charges, a spokesman for the body said Thursday. The watchdog, which has been investigating Burhanuddin Abdullah since last February over the alleged misappropriation of 100 billion Rupiah in bank funds, said he was taken in for questioning early Thursday and later arrested.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2008 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


War on poverty declared, but hopes not high The president of Indonesia has a very hard job. Being the first directly elected head of state of a country comprised of some 17,000 islands inhabited by the world's fourth largest population, broken down into literally hundreds of distinct languages and cultures, all further divided by five officially recognized religions, of which Islam, currently the world's most controversial, forms the vast majority, requires a juggling act of extraordinary dexterity. Include the dozens of political parties and the fine judgements that have to be made to accommodate all their special interests and it looks like a juggling act done on a high wire.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia leader upbeat on economy, vows to aid poor Indonesia's president pledged on Wednesday to use an anticipated pick-up in Southeast Asia's biggest economy to tackle poverty, and also to stick with a fight against corruption and encourage foreign investment. In an annual address to parliament ahead of Indonesia's Aug. 17 independence day, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono focused on the economy,but also hailed a peace deal in Aceh and repeated a willingness to commit troops to a U.N. force in Lebanon.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2006 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia told to return $5m after probe The World Bank is asking the Indonesian government to return $4.7m (€3.7m) in loans for road projects after an internal investigation found that a contractor allegedly paid more than $300,000 in kickbacks to government officials. The graft allegations are the first to hit the World Bank’s projects in Indonesia since it asked for Jakarta to return $10m (€8m, £5m) related to a school textbook corruption scam in 2004.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia no longer hit by economic crisis : Kalla says Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said here on Sunday that Indonesia is no longer hit by economic crisis because per capita income has reached US$1,500. "The economic crisis has actually ended," Kalla said to respond a speech deliverd by chairman of the Nation Awakening Party (PKB) Muhaimin Iskandar in the party`s national meeting.

Posted in Economy @ 30 July 2006 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia remembers downfall of Suharto Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that ousted him. Suharto, 84, remained in the hospital following colon surgery two weeks ago to stem intestinal bleeding. Doctors said Sunday that the former strongman, who has been weakened by several strokes, was recovering, but remained seriously ill.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 May 2006 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-government investment official detained in graft probe Investigators from Indonesia's anti-corruption commission have detained the government's former investment chief, Theo Toemion. Lawyer Sugeng Teguh Santoso says Mr Toemin is being held over a probe into funds used by the Investment Coordinating Board to promote Indonesia to foreign businessmen.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drive to halt graft turns to judiciary A year into the rule of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, graft busters in Indonesia are turning their attention to the country’s notoriously corrupt judiciary through a case involving the half-brother of former strongman Suharto and Indonesia’s top court. Investigators from Indonesia’s Anti-Corruption Commission, or KPK, are on Monday expected to question two senior Supreme Court officials in connection with claims that Mr Suharto’s half-brother, Probosutedjo, paid more than Rp16bn ($1.6m, €1.3m, £898,500) to court officials to have a corruption conviction either thrown out or reduced.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2005 21:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mr Popularity survives a tough year On Thursday, one year after the inauguration of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a 200-metre mural was erected facing Jakarta's main roundabout. The mural was in front of the deserted Hotel Indonesia where a dissident was bundled out of a window in the film The Year of Living Dangerously.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2005 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia energy crisis shows old habits die hard Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's efforts to tackle domestic fuel shortages show that, despite talk of reform, Southeast Asia's biggest economy is struggling to part with old ways.

Posted in General @ 12 July 2005 21:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia graft agency to question justice minister Indonesia's justice minister will be questioned this week by the country's anti-corruption agency in relation to an investigation of the election commission, the agency's chief said on Monday. The Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) has been investigating suspected kickbacks by private firms to the General Election Commission, of which Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin was a member last year.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2005 18:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia election chief arrested in graft probe The chairman of Indonesia's election commission has been arrested after being named a suspect in a corruption investigation. Investigators from the Anti-Corruption Commission arrested Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin overnight and took him to a police jail cell.

Posted in General @ 21 May 2005 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami rebuilding effort stalls Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 May 2005 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Moody's changes Indonesia rating outlook to positive Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook to positive from stable on Indonesia's B2 foreign currency country ceiling for bonds, its B3 foreign currency country ceiling for bank deposits, and the Indonesian government's B2 foreign and local currency ratings.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia polls favor former general The strains of a hearty tenor filtered out from behind the closed door of hotel room 103. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the front-runner in Indonesia's presidential race, was rehearsing a tune he would sing that morning to voters in this highland town in western Indonesia. "I know you love me, so you will choose me," the thickset former general could be heard crooning in the local Batak dialect, practicing the lyrics he learned minutes earlier, just as he has been practicing for the country's top job for the last several years.

Posted in Elections @ 28 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media on the payroll Koran Indonesia looks deceptively like a normal newspaper, but is clearly slanted to make Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government look good. "The economy has recovered," reads one headline, while another announces: "Farmers are getting wealthier." The paper appeared on newsstands on the first day of campaigning for Indonesia's first direct presidential elections, and it comes as no surprise that it's funded by Megawati's campaign team.

Posted in Elections @ 18 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's old party seems set for victory after polls The Golkar party of former dictator Suharto appears set for victory in Indonesia's general election, less than six years after Suharto was pressured into resigning. Golkar had 20.71 percent of the 82.4 million votes counted as of mid-morning, leaving President Megawati Sukarnoputri's ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) trailing with 19.97 percent. "Golkar Party Returns" said a front-page headline in Kompas newspaper. The party, which backed Suharto's autocratic 32-year rule but which now claims to have reformed, leads in 23 of the 32 provinces.

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar claims poll victory as results filter in The Golkar party of fallen autocrat Suharto has declared victory in Monday's parliamentary polls in Indonesia after early official results and an independent count indicated that it narrowly beat the nationalist party of President Megawati Sukarnoputri. In an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday, Akbar Tandjung, Golkar's chairman, proclaimed victory and dismissed the possibility of a much-touted alliance with Mrs Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ahead of July 5 presidential polls, saying such a coalition was now "very difficult".

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's former party inches ahead in poll The former party of ousted Indonesian strongman Suharto was marginally ahead in vote counting Tuesday following elections, but with less than two percent of the ballots tallied the race was wide open. By early evening, with nearly two million votes counted, President Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesia Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), with 18.39 percent of the vote, was neck-and-neck with Golkar at 18.42 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small parties start strong in vote Elections for a new Parliament proceeded smoothly on Monday with early and unofficial counts from polling places here in the capital showing surprising strength for two small parties, including an Islamic party. But election experts warned that this trend was unlikely to hold in the vital rural areas where most voters live and where the two major secular parties have strongholds.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim party draws biggest election crowd A conservative Muslim party has drawn the biggest crowd yet in Indonesia's parliamentary election campaign, as an estimated 100,000-plus supporters massed at a Jakarta stadium on Tuesday to hear its anti-corruption message. Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader Hidayat Nur Wahid, wearing a white Muslim shirt, black pants and white Muslim cap, told an enthusiastic crowd the PKS would "fight for every level of society's prosperity, and the strategy is by eradicating corruption".

Posted in Elections @ 30 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tanjung landed with the thud of a police baton on the future of reform in Indonesia. The ruling will have its most direct impact on the July 5 presidential election, but ripples will be felt throughout society. Despite some potential bright spots in the verdict and its aftermath, it's a dark day for justice and hope for this nation of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes top spot in world's most corrupt nations It is no surprise that Indonesia ranks again as one of the world's most corrupt nations because graft in the public sector and judicial system is widespread, activists said here Tuesday. The Berlin-based group Transparency International on Tuesday listed Indonesia near the bottom of its list of corrupt countries, on the same level as Kenya but ahead of Myanmar, Angola, Cameroon, Paraguay, Nigeria and Haiti.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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