Bank Century: What do you do with proven liars?

So what is the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Golkar going to do about their Parliamentarian Bambang Soesatyo. It appears that he’s been caught lying since there is evidence that Robert Tantular wasn’t in on the Bank Century bailout discussions.

Unless he has further evidence that the videotape is a forgery then Bambang was clearly lying and fabricating evidence. That is certainly behavior not becoming of a representative of the people. The Speaker of the House should discipline him – demand an apology and suspend or impeach him if the law allows.

Golkar should also discipline him. Kick him out of the party. Unless, of course, Bambang was only the hatchet man for Bakrie who heads the party…

This from The Jakarta Globe:

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati at an awards ceremony for financial figures in Jakarta last week. (JG Photo/ Afriadi Hikmal).

Sri Mulyani Hits Back at Critics Over Bank Century

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati launched a counterattack against her political critics on Sunday, producing a videotape that refuted allegations she had huddled with former PT Bank Century owner Robert Tantular before deciding to bail out the troubled lender last year.

The video was of the final part of a brainstorming session of the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) with senior officials from the central bank, the Finance Ministry and the Deposit Insurance Agency (LPS) on Nov. 21, 2008, the day the committee decided to bail out Bank Century.

The tape shows Sri Mulyani, Vice President Boediono ­— the BI governor at the time — KSSK secretary Raden Pardede, head of the President’s Working Unit for the Management of Reform Programs, Marsilam Simanjuntak, and other officials. However, Tantular was not seen or heard on the tape.

On Friday, Golkar’s Bambang Soesatyo, a member of the House of Representatives committee investigating the controversial Rp 6.7 trillion ($710 million) bailout, claimed to have a recording of a conservation between Sri Mulyani and Tantular at the meeting in question, in which the disgraced banker allegedly urged the minister to “just make the conclusion that the economy is in crisis” and rescue the bank.

His comments were met with swift denials by Sri Mulyani, Boediono and Tantular, who is now in prison for fraud.

via Sri Mulyani Hits Back at Critics Over Bank Century – The Jakarta Globe.

The famous Lucas comes out of the woodwork

When it comes to litigation and courtroom maneuvering the name Lucas often pops up. He was involved in the case some years ago that saw insurance giant Manulife declared bankrupt. He was also involved in many court cases and his legal opponents usually cast a wary eye when he’s involved in a case because of his imaginative use of the law and legal institutions.

So its not surprising to see Lucas popping up in the KPK-Police-AGO-Bank Century imbroglio . What other big names will emerge?

 

Lucas Akui Cari Susno Terkait Century

via KOMPAS.Com – Lucas Akui Cari Susno Terkait Century.

KAMIS, 12 NOVEMBER 2009 | 14:47 WIB

Laporan wartawan KOMPAS.com Caroline Damanik

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com — Pengacara Budi Sampoerna, Lucas, mengaku dirinyalah yang berinisiatif menghubungi Kabareskrim Komjen Susno Duadji terkait upaya pencairan dana kliennya sebesar 18 juta dollar AS di Bank Century.

“Saya yang mencari dan menghubungi beliau karena beliau Kabareskrim supaya bisa mendapat kepastian hukum, karena saya membela kepentingan klien saya. Kepastian supaya yang 18 juta dollar itu bisa dicairkan,” tutur Lucas yang gagal menemui Tim Delapan di Kantor Wantimpres, Kamis (12/11).

Hal ini ditempuh Lucas karena manajemen baru Bank Century pada saat itu mengharuskan para deposan untuk memiliki surat klarifikasi dari Mabes Polri jika uangnya hendak dicairkan.

“Ini aneh, kalau manajemen baru minta klarifikasi, ini kan aneh. Di sini, Polri sudah bekerja keras memberantas tindak pidana yang ada di Century sampai kita dengar ada jejak uang sebesar Rp 12 triliun sudah diketahui. Tapi kalau ini diobok-obok terus dengan oknum-oknum yang tidak jelas, kalau ini berhenti sampai kapan uang itu akan kembali ke Indonesia. Itu kan uang negara,” lanjutnya.

Lucas juga membantah adanya pertemuan antara dirinya, Susno, Budi Sampoerna, dan anaknya Suyanto di Hotel Ambhara sebelumnya, seperti yang terekam dalam video yang dimiliki KPK. “Enggak ada itu. Pertemuan awal saya enggak merasa ada pertemuan istimewa itu,” tandasnya.