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KPK EXPLAINS STATUS OF TWO FOREIGNERS CHARGED IN PERMIT BRIBERY CASES

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KPK Deputy Chair, Alexander Marwata.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has disclosed the status of two foreign citizens accused in bribery cases involving residence permits at the Immigration Office of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) in 2019.

“Once the bribe had been handed over, then the passport is returned and the next day the person returned to their respective countries of Singapore, or one to Australia,” KPK Deputy Chair Alexander Marwata said at a news conference in the KPK building in Jakarta on Tuesday (28/5/2019).

Furthermore, Alex stated that the KPK will coordinate with the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) and the Australian Anti-Corruption Institution regarding the actions of two foreigners who bribed public officials in Indonesia.

“Obviously, this is an act of bribery for public officials, and of course we will coordinate with Singapore and Australia to report on their two citizens who have bribed public officials in Indonesia. They have rules that prohibit giving bribes to foreign public officials,” he said.

In that case, the KPK determined that three suspects, including the Head of the Immigration Office of Class I in Mataram, Kurniadie (KUR) and Head of Intelligence and Enforcement Section of the Immigration Office of Class I in Mataram, Yusriansyah Fazrin (YRI).

In the construction of the case, it was explained that Civil Servant Investigators (PPNS) at the Mataram Class I Immigration Office detained two foreign nationals with the initials BGW and the MK suspected of abusing residency permits.

“They allegedly entered using visas as ordinary tourists, but apparently worked at Wyndham Sundancer Lombok. The local immigration PPNS alleged that the two foreigners violated Article 122 of Law Number 6 Year 2011 concerning Immigration,” said Alex.

Responding to the arrest, continued Alex, a Liliana Management representative of Wyndham Sundancer Lombok allegedly tried to find a way to negotiate with the Immigration Office PPNS in Class I Mataram to stop the investigation of the two foreigners.

“The Mataram Class I Immigration Office issued an Order for the Commencement of Investigation (SPDP) for the two foreign nationals on May 22, 2019. YRI then contacted LIL to collect the SPDP,” said Alex.

The SPDP retrieval request was allegedly a code for raising the cost of stopping the case.

“LIL then offered Rp. 300 million to stop the case, but YRI refused because the amount was not large enough. In the communication process related to the cost of handling the case, YIR coordinated with his superior KUR. Furthermore, there was a suspected meeting between YRI and LIL to negotiate prices,” he said.

In the raid, the KPK revealed the new mode used by Yusriansyah, Liliana, and Kurniadie in negotiating bribes, including writing Liliana’s offer on paper with certain codes, without speaking, and then Yusriansyah reporting to Kurniadie for direction or approval.

“Finally, it was agreed that the amount of money to take care of the cases of the two foreigners would be Rp1.2 billion,” Alex said. (bpr)

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SPORTS MINISTER APOLOGIZES WHILE RESIGNING IN BRIBERY SCANDAL

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Minister of Youths and Sports, Imam Nahrawi.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi has apologized to the President of Indonesia while announcing his resignation after being named a suspect in a bribery scandal involving the National Sports Committee (KONI). “I apologize to the President of Indonesia, the Vice President of Indonesia, the chief of PKB party, Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU), and the people of Indonesia. I thank all my colleagues in the Ministry of Youths and Sports,” Nahrawi stated here, Thursday (19/9/2019).

He was stepping down from office because he had to focus on dealing with the alleged bribery case, Nahrawi said in his statement. The Eradication Corruption Commission (KPK) named him as a suspect because he failed to show up at the commission’s office on three occasions in connection with the probe.

Despite being named in the scandal, Nahrawi said he was not involved and called on people to respect the value of “innocent until proven guilty” by the court.

“We must wait for the KPK to show proof because I am far from what I have been accused of by the anti-graft body,” he stated.

In his resignation, Nahrawi also said he would cooperate with the KPK in clearing his name. “As a law-abiding citizen, I will follow the rules,” he added.

Nahrawi had allegedly accepted Rp26.5 billion (US$1.9 million) in bribes from the National Sports Committee and the head of Satlak Prima, a national program for elite athletes, in 2018. The cash, KPK stated, was used for the minister’s personal needs.

The case was revealed to the public when KONI had allegedly bribed some high-ranking ministry officials such as Mulyana, Adhi Purnomo and Eko Triyanto. Other officials who had been named as suspects in the bribery case include a former KONI secretary general Ending Fuad Hamidy and KONI treasurer Johnny E. Awuy. (INE). (afh)

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REVISED KPK LAW MAY WEAKEN ANTI-GRAFT BODY’S AUTHORITY : VICE CHAIRMAN

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Vice Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Laode M. Syarif.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The new revised version of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law might enfeeble the anti-graft body’s authority, chiefly in terms of cracking down upon corruption cases, KPK Vice Chairman Laode M. Syarif stated here, Tuesday (17/9/2019).

“If the information we received from the media is true, the revised version of the KPK law will cripple our power to fight against corruption,” Syarif remarked in response to the new KPK law that was passed by the House of Representatives in Jakarta, Tuesday.

The KPK vice chairman noted that the revised version of Law No. 30 of 2002 had overstepped some instructions issued by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) during a press conference last week, though he fell short of elaborating on his statement.

On Sept 13, at a press conference, Jokowi had agreed to some changes in the anti-graft body that were mandated by the new law including the tapping mechanism, establishment of a supervisory board, and an authority to issue an investigation termination warrant (SP3).

The new revised version of the KPK law was passed by the House of Representatives’ members and the Indonesian government during the ninth plenary meeting in Jakarta, Tuesday.

Before the bill was passed, the KPK was an independent state body authorized to eradicate corruption; supervise the government body and implement state governance; launch investigations and prosecutions; as well as organize precautionary measures.

However, with the new law in place, the KPK is currently no longer an independent state body but part of executive institutions under the government. Hence, all KPK employees are currently part of civil servants.

Apart from a change in the status, a supervisory board will also monitor the works and administration of the anti-graft body. The board is not only tasked with supervising but also giving permits to KPK officials on whenever they seek to tap some suspects of corruption cases.

Before the new law was passed, the KPK was chaired by a chairman and four vice-chairmen. In terms of supervising its work, the anti-graft body was monitored by an internal office allowed to impose administrative sanctions on KPK officers.

Following a new law, the KPK will also be able to issue an SP3 if the investigations had yet completed for two years. Before the law, the KPK was allowed to launch investigations on some corruption cases for years. (bfd)

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HUNDREDS MARCH TO PROMPT LAWMAKERS TO PASS ANTI-RAPE BILL

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The supporters also clarified some claims that said the bill was an effort to legalize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) in Indonesia.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Hundreds of people comprising individuals and civil society groups marched in front of the House of Representatives building here, Tuesday (17/9/2019), to prompt lawmakers to pass the anti-rape or the elimination of sexual violence bill (RUU PKS).

“RUU PKS stands for the victims of sexual violence, and this bill may serve as a strong law to punish sexual predators, rapists,” said a spokesperson of A Coalition of Safe Public Safe (Koalisi Ruang Publik Aman), Aman Neqy, during the rally.

During the protest, the supporters also clarified some claims that said the bill was an effort to legalize Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) in Indonesia. “If they (the bill’s opponents) read the RUU PKS carefully, there is no article that mentions LGBT,” Neqy remarked.

The bill was first proposed in 2016 following a series of sexual abuse cases, which gained nationwide attention. Some cases included a gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Bengkulu Province and the case of Baiq Nuril who was sexually harassed but she ended up in jail for defaming her alleged harasser.

According to the bill, sexual violence is categorized as not only rape and sexual harassment, but also sexual exploitation, the forced use of contraceptives, forced abortion, forced marriage, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, and sexual torture.

The bill defines sexual violence as any actions that attacks, insults, and debases the reproductive functions, sexual desire, the body of someone forcefully or against his/her will, causing them to be unable to give permission due to power, and/or gender relations which could lead to physical, psychological, sexual suffering, as well as economic, social, political, and cultural losses. (mzk)

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