Ada Tanya dari New York

Pagi ini saya dapat imel dari seorang teman yang sudah beberapa tahun tinggal di New York, AS. Imel itu berisi berita tentang Indonesia yang dia baca di surat kabar kondang; The New York Times.

Di akhir suratnya dia bertanya, “Sebegitu parahnya kah korupsi di Indonesia?  Sebegitu sabarnya kah rakyat Indonesia yang terus-menerus dibodohi?

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Top Indonesian Judge Held in Corruption Case

 By JOE COCHRANE

Published: October 3, 2013

“JAKARTA, Indonesia — The chief justice of Indonesia’s Constitutional Court was arrested this week in a nighttime raid on his official residence by anticorruption investigators, who accused the justice of taking a bribe to issue a favorable verdict in an election dispute.

The justice, Akil Mochtar, 62, was appointed to the Constitutional Court in 2008 and became chief justice in April. He was arrested around 10 p.m. on Wednesday at his home in a government-owned housing complex in South Jakarta. Two other men in the house at the time — Chairun Nisa, a member of the national Parliament, and an unidentified local businessman — were taken into custody along with Mr. Akil, according to Johan Budi, a spokesman for the independent Corruption Eradication Commission. Mr. Budi said investigators also found a paper bag full of Singaporean and American currency totaling $232,000 at the house.

Investigators arrested four other men late Wednesday night at a hotel in Central Jakarta in connection with the case, Mr. Budi said. One of them was Hambit Binti, a district chief in Central Kalimantan Province on Borneo Island. Mr. Binti was re-elected to the chief’s post on Sept. 4, but his opponent contested the result; the Constitutional Court has sole jurisdiction over election disputes.

“We believe Hambit Binti gave the money to Akil Mochtar, through the lawmaker and the businessman, so he would win the legal case,” Mr. Budi said. “We are still questioning Akil Mochtar, and he will remain in custody.” Mr. Budi said the investigators acted on a tip from the public.

The chief justice was the latest in a series of senior Indonesian government and political figures to be caught up in corruption investigations. In August, the head of the country’s oil and gas regulator was arrested on bribery allegations after anticorruption investigators raided his home and found more than $700,000 in cash. In January, Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq, chairman of the Islamic-based Prosperous Justice Party, was arrested on charges of taking bribes in exchange for securing a government contract to import boxed beef.

In February, the chairman of the governing Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, resigned after the anticorruption commission said he was a suspect in a corruption investigation surrounding the construction of a national sports complex in West Java Province. Andi Mallarangeng, a senior Democratic Party member and the country’s minister for sports and youth affairs, resigned in December after being named as a suspect in the same case.

The latest case, though, was an especially delicate one because of the power Mr. Akil wields. Dadang Trisasongko, secretary general of the Indonesian offices of Transparency International, an anticorruption advocacy group, said Mr. Akil’s arrest was dangerous for the country’s democratic transition, which began in 1998. Mr. Dadang said his group rates Indonesia’s judiciary as the third-most corrupt institution in the country, behind the national Parliament and the national police.”

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