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Budi Mulya sentenced to 10 years` imprisonment Former deputy governor of Bank Indonesia Budi Mulya was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years imprisonment by the anti corruption court with a fine of Rp500 million or an additional jail term of 5 months.

Posted in Crime @ 17 July 2014 02:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anggito resigns as hajj affairs director general Director General for Hajj Affairs Anggito Abimanyu has tendered his resignation as he might be implicated in a corruption case in the religious affairs ministry. Coordinating Minister for the Public Welfare Agung Laksono said Abimanyu wanted to be focused on a legal case he might have to face.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2014 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rhoma Irama and the fake Professor title “Professor of Dangdut” Rhoma Irama may have to revert back to the less scholarly “King of Dangdut” in the not-too-distant future after Indonesia’s education minister indicated that the presidential candidate may be liable to criminal penalties if his illustrious certificate of education turned out to have been acquired from a scam college run by a colorful UK-Iranian educator.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2014 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boediono refuses to attend hearing on Bank Century scandal Vice President Boediono has refused to attend a hearing with the House of Representatives (DPR) team supervising the revelation of Bank Century bailout scandal on Wednesday, the Vice Presidents spokesman Yopie Hidayat stated.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 February 2014 17:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House summons Boediono over Bank Century scandal Former Bank Indonesia governor Boediono will be summoned by the House of Representatives (DPR) monitoring team in relation to the Bank Century bailout scandal on Wednesday, a legislator stated here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2014 23:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Atut, Wawan corruption suspects over health equipment procurement The Banten Province Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah and her brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, have been named corruption suspects in connection with the procurement of health equipment worth Rp30 billion in the province in 2011-2013.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 January 2014 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Century scandal causes Rp7.4 trillion losses to the state Bank Century scandal caused a loss of Rp7.4 trillion in state fund, the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) said on Monday. The loss was a result of short term loan facility (FPJP) to Bank Century, and the determination of the sick lender as a failed bank, which have potential systemic impact, BPK Chairman Hadi Poernomo said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 December 2013 21:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mayor of South Tangerang next in line for KPK investigation The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has launched an investigation into alleged corruption in the administration of South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diani, the sister in-law of the controversial Banten Governor, Ratu Atut Chosiyah.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 October 2013 10:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Trial of Luthfi to decide fate of Minister Suswono in graft case The fate of Agriculture Minister Suswono in the beef import scandal will depend on information to surface in the trial of suspects Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq, former president of the Prosperous and Justice Party and his aide Ahmad Fathanah, Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Abraham Samad said.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 June 2013 21:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to bring witnesses by force if necessary The prosecutors of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) promised to bring in witnesses to testify at the trial of the beef import case.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 May 2013 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Suswono meets antigraft body`s summons Agriculture Minister Suswono met the summons of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to be grilled as a witness in a beef import scandal on Thursday. "KPK invited me for questioning as a witness for four suspects in the beef import scandal," the minister said when he arrived at the KPK building at 10 am on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 March 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body postpones questioning of finance minister The planned questioning as witness of Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo on Tuesday by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the Hambalang Sports Complex Development (P3SON) scandal has been postponed.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2013 18:56 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


Garut regent impeached for illegal marriage The Garut Legislative Council (DPRD) on Friday recommended the dismissal of Garut Regent Aceng Fikri after finding him guilty of violating the code of ethics and breaking the oath of office - for his undertaking of an unregistered marriage with a teenager.

Posted in Politics @ 22 December 2012 00:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body urged to question finance minister A legislator has urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to question Finance Minister Agus Martowardoyo over an alleged corruption in the Hambalang Sports Complex construction scandal.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 December 2012 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Investigations in progress with regard to bailout scandal Indonesia`s chief anti-graft investigator, Abraham Samad, said investigations are being carried out with regard to the (Rp6.7 trillion) Bank Century bailout scandal.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2012 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK should not hesitate to follow up Century case A constitutional law expert from Brawijaya University, Dr. Ibnu Tricahyo, has stated that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) should not hesitate to follow up the Bank Century bailout case even though it involves the Vice President.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 December 2012 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK accepts resignation of six investigators The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has issued a decree on the discharge of six investigators from the National Police who recently tendered their resignations from the anti-graft commission.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 November 2012 00:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigating judges at prosecution office The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is investigating the three bribery suspects it arrested earlier on Friday at its central Java high prosecution office, a spokesperson said.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2012 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests 2 corruption court judges The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested two ad hoc judges and a suspected broker at a Semarang corruption court (Tipikor) in central Java, KPK Deputy Chairman Bambang Widjojanto said on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2012 17:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'New facts on Bank Century scandal' Outspoken lawmaker Bambang Soesatyo said "new facts" about Bank Century scandal unveiled by former chief of the anti graft agency (KPK) Antasari Azhar has not only confirmed involvement of the "Palace" in the controversial bail out of the ailing bank, but also added to evidence about attempts to keep the case hidden from the public.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2012 21:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Bekasi mayor arrested in Bali villa Following a scandal in November 2010 when tax-swindler Gayus Tambunan was spotted wearing a disguise at an international tennis tournament in Bali while missing from his cell at National Police Headquarters in Jakarta, Bali has again earned fame as the resort-of-choice for wanted felons with the arrest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 of the former mayor of Bekasi (West Java), Mochtar Muhammad.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2012 06:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for the arrest of more fugitives Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday called on National Police to continue pursuing wanted fugitives following the arrest of Muhammad Nazaruddin.

Posted in Crime @ 12 August 2011 05:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI imposes harsh sanctions on Citibank Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday it was imposing severe sanctions on Citibank following a massive embezzlement scandal by a bank employee and the suspected death of a customer at the hands of debt collectors recently. The bank possibly faces other sanctions if found guilty of the two crimes by a court.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2011 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex video involving Indonesian law maker leaked An Indonesian law maker appears in a leaked sex video, which is now circulating the internet after recently selling his laptop, local media reported Thursday. Irwan Fajarudin, a National Mandate Party lawmaker from East Java's Purwojero Legislative Council on Thursday met with the council chairman to discuss the sex video scandal in which he is featured with his wife.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 March 2011 03:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police chief resigns after criticism over sex scandal An Indonesian police chief on Tuesday resigned after being criticized over a sex scandal involving three of his subordinates and a female detainee in Papua province, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 March 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati refuses KPK witness summons Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri has declined to comply with a summons to appear as a witness in the investigation of the Bank Indonesia vote-buying bribery scandal.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 February 2011 01:26 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


Pop star faces 12 years in prison for sex tape scandal Indonesian pop star Nasriel Irham on Monday appeared in court after two homemade sex tapes released on various websites resulted in him being charged under Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2010 17:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Numberi embroiled in affair scandal Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi has denied rumors romantically linking him with an unnamed TV news reporter. The hearsay has been circulating after online news portal Rakyat Merdeka Online on Wednesday broke the story, in which Freddy’s wife, Anni Numberi, allegedly confirmed her husband was having an affair with a newswoman.

Posted in Politics @ 03 September 2010 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie forgets his own mess and talks Century Aburizal Bakrie seems to be very eager to move on and leave his own muddy 'history' behind him. The chairman of the Golkar Party has said that the scandal around Bank Century should be completely clear for the public. He seems to forget that his own mud flow near Sidoarjo is covering up large parts of that district for almost four years now.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 January 2010 02:27 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


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


Bali health officials ask money for free vaccin Bali's worsening rabies epidemic was scandalized further last week when it was discovered that both the human vaccine and canine inoculations that are supposed to be provided free-of-charge by the government were in fact being sold in the north Bali regency of Buleleng.

Posted in Health @ 22 November 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,000,000 supporters for KPK deputies on Facebook Over one million people from across the globe, but mainly from Indonesia, have joined a group on the social networking website Facebook to show their support of the two deputies of the Corruption Eradication Commission KPK that were arrested by the police last week. Both are suspected of being involved in a bribery and extortion scandal that has rocked Indonesia.
Posted in Corruption @ 07 November 2009 05:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former governor of Bank Indonesia goes to Cipinang prison Burhanuddin, a former governor of the Indonesian Central Bank has been given a three-year sentence for corruption by the Supreme Court. He will spend the prison term in the Cipinang prison in East Jakarta. "We have executed the verdict today," said the director for prosecutions of the corruption watchdog KPK, Ferry Wibisono earlier. While this case was handled by the special corruption court, Burhanuddin still had to spend the days before his verdict in detention at the national police headquarters.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 September 2009 06:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two third of legislators absent at speech president When the president holds a speech in parliament it is normally assumed that most members of parliament do show some interest in at least showing up. Whether they are awake during the speech is another question in this matter. During a speech held by president Yudhoyono earlier, 359 of the 548 members of parliament did not even bother to show up.

Posted in Politics @ 14 August 2009 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President's relative faces 4-year jail term for corruption Indonesian prosecutors demanded four-year jail term for a relative of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in connection with a scandal of embezzling over 100 billion rupiah (some 71 million euro) of central bank funds, local media reported. Aulia Pohan, the former deputy of Indonesia's central bank, stood trial along with three other former top officials of the bank at the anti-graft court in Kuningan in South Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 June 2009 12:59 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


Indonesia withdraws Chinese dairy products Indonesia has withdrawn all dairy produce from China because of the recent scandal involving melamine in Chinese milk products. On Tuesday, the Indonesian government banned imports of milk products from China. A number of other Asian countries have introduced similar measures. Following the news that more articles had been found to contain melamine, Taiwan has ordered the removal of Chinese dairy produce from the shops.

Posted in Health @ 24 September 2008 11:42 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


Australian pedophile jailed for ten years Australian pedophile Peter William Smith is sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually abusing street children in Jakarta. Judges in the South Jakarta District Court found that Smith had used 'economic coercion' in paying the teenage male victims to perform sexually related acts on each other and on him. The judges took in account this coercion and fined the English teacher 75 million Rupiah (6,276 euro) on top of the jail term.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Scientists: Indonesia mud volcano caused by drilling A mud volcano that inundated dozens of villages was probably triggered by commercial gas drilling, research published in a respected scientific journal shows, contradicting an Indonesian Government Minister who insists it was a natural disaster. ``It is very likely'' that the mud flow in Sidoarjo, eastern Java, which has spewed a million barrels of mud a day for eight months, is manmade, four researchers say in the February issue of Geological Society of American's GSA Today.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 24 January 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Sex tape scandal shocks Indonesia Indonesia is grappling with its first real political sex scandal — a widely circulated video of one of its most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Politicians have taken care to keep their lives private in this predominantly Islamic country. Many have playboy reputations but none has been caught on tape.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2006 04:23 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


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesia religion minister jailed in graft case A former Indonesian minister of religion was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday over a funds scandal involving the Haj pilgrimage, one of a number of cases underscoring the president's war on corruption. The Central Jakarta District Court found Said Agil Munawar, religious affairs minister from 1999-2004, guilty of involvement in the scandal, which focussed on some 700 billion rupiah (43 million pounds) in surplus funds from the government Haj programme to Saudi Arabia.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2006 18:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU chairman gets 7 years General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in jail for corruption in a high profile case that could eventually implicate other prominent figures, including some close to the administration. The verdict against Nazaruddin, a former leading political scientist at the prestigious University of Indonesia, came after he successfully led the poll body through the country's first ever direct presidential election last year, which saw President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's rise to power on antigraft promises.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 December 2005 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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 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


More suspects held over Tentena bombings Police have arrested six more people they believe are involved in the Saturday bombings in Tentena, Central Sulawesi, with suspicions now surfacing that some of the alleged perpetrators were linked to a riot in a neighboring province last year.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 June 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Mitsubishi Motors to halt car production in Indonesia Mitsubishi Motor Corp (MMC) has decided to halt car production in Indonesia as soon as next month due to a lack of money for developing new models, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported, without citing sources. MMC is deeply in the red due to plunging sales in Japan and the US, its two major markets, following a recall scandal that severely eroded trust in the company and in the safety of its vehicles.

Posted in Economy @ 10 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Key suspect in state-owned bank fraud captured in Medan A main suspect in a multi-million-dollar state-owned Bank Negara Indonesia (MNI) fraud case, Adrian Waworuntu, was arrested in Medan, the capital of Nort Sumatera province, senior police officer said as quoted by the Indonesian daily Media Indonesia on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bob Hasan expelled from IOC Mohamad Bob Hasan of Indonesia was on Tuesday kicked out of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Somalia's chief Olympian Farah W. Addo declared persona non grata at the upcoming Athens Games. The 116th IOC Session agreed with an overwhelming 101 votes to expel Hasan, who had been suspended from the IOC since 2001 over corruption in his home country.

Posted in General @ 11 August 2004 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


Hamengku Buwono X quits race as rival cleared of corruption A decision by Indonesia's top court to quash the corruption conviction of Akbar Tandjung, the House speaker, has had an immediate political impact with a popular candidate for the presidential nomination of his Golkar party pulling out in protest. Indonesia's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a three-year sentence against Mr Tandjung for misappropriating Rp40bn ($4.8m, €3.7m, £2.5m) in state funds in adecision labelled by local activists as an embarrassment for the country's judiciary and Jakarta's supposed fight against corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt says may merge top two state banks Indonesia is considering merging its two largest state-controlled banks, a minister in charge of state firms said, a move analysts had speculated about after a multimillion dollar export credit scandal at the smaller of the two banks.

Posted in Economy @ 07 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just when investors might have been thinking it was safe to look at Indonesia a little less skeptically, the biggest banking scandal to hit the country since the central bank liquidity scandal, this one involving Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and allegedly fraudulent letters of credit, has shattered confidence yet again. With BNI marked for semi-privatization next year, the scandal could hardly have come at a worse time. It highlights concerns raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over corporate governance in Indonesia and the central Bank Indonesia's failure to detect the scam until a year after it allegedly began.

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


Indonesia a worrying blip on American radar screens TURMOIL in Indonesia is surging onto American radar screens in Washington and at the United States Pacific Command's headquarters in Hawaii, where an officer with access to comprehensive intelligence lamented what he called 'a chaotic situation'. Particularly troubling are terrorist organisations, notably Jemaah Islamiah, despite the arrest of 130 suspects since the bombings in Bali in October last year that killed 202 people.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may dump dollar for oil Pertamina, Indonesia's state oil company, dropped a bombshell recently. It's considering dropping the U.S. dollar for the euro in its oil and gas trades. With war unfolding in Iraq and a mysterious pneumonia spreading around Asia, few noticed. News that Indonesian government officials favor the euro also fell through the cracks. Yet it could have major implications for the world's biggest economy.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta mass groups urged to hold peaceful rallies The mass groups intending to stage major demonstrations in Jakarta on Monday were urged by the government to hold demonstrations peacefully. "The security forces will not hesitate to take firm action against those failing to abide by the law," Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said. Susilo made a plea on Sunday late-night after chairing a meeting to discuss the situation in the capital, the Antara News Agency reported Monday.

Posted in Protests @ 18 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar threatens to withdraw from government Members of Indonesia's second-largest political party threatened Friday to boycott Parliament and withdraw their representatives from the Cabinet following the detention of their leader over a graft scandal. "If there is no compromise then we will withdraw our support from the coalition," said Riris Indramurti, a legislator from the Golkar Party, which used to be the political machine of former dictator Suharto. "We are not bluffing."

Posted in Politics @ 08 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo replaced in hasty reshuffle President Abdurrahman Wahid added further suspense to the unfolding political drama by catching everyone by surprise on Friday with his announcement of a Cabinet reshuffle which included the replacement of his top political and security minister. The reshuffle was not so much a case of ushering new faces into the Cabinet as one of musical chairs, as three of the five new appointments were those of people already serving in his administration.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second censure of Abdurrahman a matter of time: opponents President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid cannot avoid a second parliamentary censure despite his defiance, according to the President's political opponents. Speaking minutes after the President rejected any involvement in two alleged financial scandals, some legislators from political parties critical of him predicted the second censure would eventually be issued, and that would lead to his impeachment.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati urged to quit post, open way for general election Given the continued struggle between the President and the House of Representatives, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri should leave the government to open the way for a general election, noted economist Sjahrir said on Thursday. "The political elite, both in the executive and legislative branches, are no longer concerned with the suffering of the people, and the President faces possible impeachment for his alleged involvement in two financial scandals," Sjahrir said after the declaration of the Alliance of New Indonesia (PIB) here.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defiant Wahid brushes off impeachment attempt Struggling to hold together the world's fourth most-populous nation, Indonesian's beleaguered president said he is confident he will defeat any effort to impeach him over financial scandals. In an interview with The Associated Press, President Abdurrahman Wahid said he had lobbied individual lawmakers and was prepared to fight an impeachment measure in court, if needed.

Posted in Politics @ 21 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Massive protest demands Wahid steps down Indonesian police estimate up to 20,000 protesters gathered outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta in the latest protest calling for President Abdurrahman Wahid to resign. With fists in the air, chanting "Gus Dur Mundur", Gus Dur resign, students from at least a dozen universities demanded the president step aside so that under the constitution Vice-President Megawati Sukarnoputri can take his place.

Posted in Protests @ 12 March 2001 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation is in worst condition since 1945, says Megawati Deploring the growing climate of violence in the country, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Friday said that the country currently found itself in its worst state since independence in 1945. "We are now going through the worst times we have experienced in the last 56 years," Megawati said while addressing a ceremony marking the start of National Press Day and the 55th anniversary of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) at the Surakarta Press Monument.

Posted in General @ 10 February 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur in E.Java, supporters plan more protests Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur flew into his political heartland of East Java on Friday to try to calm fanatical supporters who said they plan to continue their increasingly violent protests. The Muslim cleric made no comment on arrival in the provincial capital Surabaya, and headed straight for Pasuruan, about 735 km (480 miles) east of Jakarta and stronghold of a huge Islamic organisation founded by his grandfather.

Posted in Protests @ 09 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrators continue to hit a number of cities Thousands of people, mostly students, took to the streets in at least four cities on Friday, with divided calls. Thousands of supporters and critics of President Abdurrahman Wahid staged rallies close to the presidential palace, with anti-Abdurrahman demonstrators outnumbering those who supported him.

Posted in Protests @ 09 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur supporters burn Golkar offices The anger of President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters boiled over on Wednesday when they torched Golkar Party offices in Surabaya, Mojokerto and Malang, all in East Java. In protest at the censuring of the President by the House of Representatives (DPR) over the Bulog and Brunei financial scandals, tens of thousands of the President's supporters continued to vent their anger publicly.

Posted in Violence @ 08 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pro-Wahid supporters torch Golkar Party headquarter The angry supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid on Wednesday torched the headquarters of the Golkar party in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, making it the eighth Golkar office being burned down by Wahid's fanatic loyalists who staged rally since late lastweek protesting the planned impeachment against the erratic leader.

Posted in Violence @ 07 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amid the battling for pro and con Wahid positions in Parliament and on the streets, a local monthly Indonesian magazine for Moslem scholars and intellectuals has come up with a detailed list of the `sins` of the President. According to the magazine, Sabili , which also has a cyber site, the President has committed the following errors :

Posted in Politics @ 07 February 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrations by Gus Dur supporters turn violent Disgruntled supporters of the incumbent President Abdurrahman Wahid continued venting their anger in East Java on Monday by vandalizing the National Awakening Party (PAN) and Golkar Party offices in the town of Gresik, some 30 kilometers northwest of Surabaya. No fatalities were reported, but the police said that they had failed to curb the violent actions committed by at least 2,000 people.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien foresees nearing impeachment proceedings Speaker of the Peoples' Consultative Assembly (MPR) Amien Rais revealed on Friday that leaders of major factions at the House of Representatives and MPR were exploring constitutional options allowing the prompt initiation of an MPRspecial session to impeach President Abdurrahman Wahid. He noted that if the House went ahead with its decision to issue a memorandum of censure to the President, it signifies that the House has decided to pursue a longer method of impeaching the President for his involvement in two financial scandals.

Posted in Politics @ 02 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Massive protests expected at House on Thursday Thousands of people, supporters and opponents of President Abdurrahman Wahid, are almost certain to flock to the House of Representatives building on Thursday when the House plenary session is scheduled to discuss two scandals linked to the President. Among them are at least 5,000 students from various universities in Java, including the University of Indonesia (UI), Trisakti University and the Bandung Institute of Technology.

Posted in Protests @ 01 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spectre of violence looms over Indonesian political row The Indonesian press on Tuesday warned that a political dispute over an investigation into two financial scandals implicating President Abdurrahman Wahid could lead to bloodshed. Thousands of anti-Wahid students on Monday tried to force their way into the parliament complex where legislators were debating the results of an investigation by a parliamentary commission into the scandals.

Posted in Politics @ 30 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students storm Indonesia parliament Police fired tear gas and warning shots as thousands of rock-throwing students stormed the gates of Indonesia's parliament Monday in the largest protest yet against the country's president. Three students were badly beaten by police as running battles broke out on the lawns of the heavily guarded legislature.

Posted in Protests @ 29 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Everything will be okay: President President Abdurrahman Wahid played down on Sunday security fears in the wake of rumored mass rallies between people in support of and against him on Monday. "God willing, there will be nothing," Abdurrahman said after a meeting at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday morning to discuss security in the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 29 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military could seize power if nation plunges into chaos: Minister Minister of Defense Mahfud MD warned here on Monday the Indonesian Military (TNI) was most likely to seize power if the nation plunged into chaos and its democratization process ran foul. In a chaotic situation, the military was in a position to take over the government as it was in possession of weapons, he told participants of a national dialogue organized by the Communication Forum of Islamic Organizations.

Posted in Military @ 29 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Massive demo expected to hit Jakarta on Jan. 29 Massive demonstrations are expected to hit Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia on Jan. 29 when the House of Representatives will announce its stance on two financial scandals, allegedly involving President Abdurrahman Wahid. But the government and the Indonesian Military urged the public to be calm in responding to rumors about planned massive demonstrations by two opposing groups, one in support of Gus Dur and the other from anti-Gus Dur groups.

Posted in Protests @ 25 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur walks out of scandals hearing President Abdurrahman Wahid on Monday left legislators dumbfounded as he abruptly walked out of a meeting with the House of Representatives' special committee investigating the Bulog and Brunei scandals. Abdurrahman surprised everyone as he left the meeting hall at the Jakarta Convention Center only some 45 minutes into the scheduled two-hour session.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ajinomoto seasoning halal: Gus Dur In a bid to end a scandal over Ajinomoto taste enhancers, President Abdurrahman Wahid said on Tuesday the company's products did not contain pork and therefore could be consumed by Muslims. "President Abdurrahman Wahid said Ajinomoto seasoning is halal (allowed under Islamic law)," presidential spokesman Wimar Witoelar said.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


I will serve my term: President Abdurrahman Despite mounting calls for his resignation, President Abdurrahman Wahid said on Friday that he will serve his term which ends in 2004. "According to the Constitution I may remain to be president until 2004 and I am intent on doing my duties the best I can until the end of my term... so there is no need to be afraid," Abdurrahman said after Friday prayers near his private residence in Ciganjur, South Jakarta.

Posted in Politics @ 30 December 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tense times for the rupiah and the economy amid Bank Indonesia's crisis at the top. Syahril Sabirin is back at work after six months away, and there's something of a celebration on. Jacket tossed over his shoulder, Indonesia's mild-mannered banking chief wades through a crowd of central bank employees welcoming him back like some dear uncle. The odd thing is, he's just spent half a year under house arrest, on charges of corruption. But Sabirin is among supporters now. He speaks of the need to rebuild staff morale and clear his name. The government still aims to bring Sabirin to court over a scandal involving $80 million in commissions paid by Bank Bali to a firm linked to Golkar, the former ruling party. Allegedly in exchange for the money, funds were released to Bank Bali with central bank approval. "It's a soap opera," sniffs a senior state official, shocked by Sabirin's return. "A farce," adds another. - It would all be funny — if it weren't for real. In fact, Bank Indonesia has joined the hated military, the bungling police and a government adrift in the gallery of faltering national entities. "This is just one more example of the institutional vacuum," says Robert Broadfoot, managing director of the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy. Sabirin's woes are not the central bank's only problem by a longshot. Recently, all but two central bank governors resigned after the Supreme Audit Agency reported that during the financial crisis, nearly $9 billion in emergency loans to private-sector banks, many controlled by Suharto cronies, were diverted to unauthorized spending and lending (see table opposite). Little of the money is likely to ever be recovered. Can Indonesia's currency and economy survive the foibles at the central bank? So far, the rupiah isn't collapsing, though it's down 25% from its 2000 high.

Posted in Economy @ 28 December 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The fugitive Tommy to be arrested by year end Indonesian prosecutors and police believed that they would arrest the fugitive Tommy Suharto, the youngest son of former President Suharto before the end of this year on expectation Tommy will meet his father during Eil-al-Fitr Muslim Festival celebration. The Indonesian Attorney General Office (AGO) has also asked the Immigration Office to revoke Tommy's pasport to ease the way for police to catch him.

Posted in Politics @ 22 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House defers, not defuses, row with President The House of Representatives, under pressure to defuse tension with President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, has temporarily deferred further moves against the head of state as it begins a three-week recess on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 25 July 2000 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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