The best place to run your network from?

You have to wonder why the people ultimately responsible for ensuring a proper prisons system have not been held accountable for allowing, among other things, a prisoner to run a money counterfeit ring from his cell; or allowing a convicted terrorist to have eight cell phones, enabling him to run his terrorist network from behind bars. So is the Minister of Justice being held responsible for this sorry state of affairs? No. Is the Director of Prisons being sacked for allowing this to happen under his watch? No. Are the newspapers asking these questions? No.

Yet the DPR is so enthusiastic about trying to get those involved in the Bank Century case held accountable for what they perceive as abuse of funds. Strange priorities.

Prison No Barrier to Counterfeiter: Police

Surabaya. In another red mark against the country’s prison system, Surabaya Police have discovered an inmate has been running a syndicate of counterfeiters from his cell.

Adj. Comr. Anom Wibowo, the Surabaya Police’s chief detective, said on Sunday that Edi Santoso, who has been in Sidoarjo Medaeng Penitentiary since last year, had been controlling his syndicate through his wife, Yayuk Rikalani.

Yayuk is a resident of Brangkal Village, Mojokerjo, and is being hunted by police.

Police made the discovery following the arrest on April 1 of Adi Wiyono, a resident of Jombang, East Java, from whom they seized fake bills with a face value of Rp 40 million.

Police said Adi told them he had gotten the fake bills from Yayuk. He said the bills could be purchased on a “1:3 rate,” meaning Rp 100,000 would buy three fake Rp 100,000 bills.

“Common people will usually not be able to know that it’s fake because the appearance is very similar with real money,” Anom said.

He added that police had been able to detect where the fake bills were being produced.

Last year, Edi was arrested with fake bills with a face value of Rp 11 million, some of the Rp 120 million he had produced at the time.

This is far from the first instance of a convict being undeterred by prison bars when it comes to continuing with criminal activities.

Last month, terrorist Iwan Dharmawan, also known as Rois Abu Syaukat, was found to have had eight cellphones with him while an inmate at Jakarta’s Cipinang Prison, which he had used to communicate with a terrorist network in Aceh.

Last year, Jet Lie Chandra, a death row convict in Pondok Bambu Penitentiary in East Jakarta, was found to have been running a drug-distribution business from behind bars.

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Suharto the escape artist — or his detractors ineffective nags?

There are many Indonesians now who feel cheated that Suharto has gone to meet his maker before he could be held to account for his transgressions.

They are the type who would recall misdeeds perpetrated on themselves, their friends or their relatives from years ago. Fair enough. It looks like Suharto has managed to evade justice but the flip side of this equation is what the hell did the wronged ones do to force the governments after Suharto to bring the former dictator to account for his deeds?

They bellyached, they spoke to journalists when the opportunity arose and belleyached some more but on the whole they did not organize themselves – and those wronged by Suharto must be legion – into a political force to bedn the governments of Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid, Megawati and SBY to their will.

They were content to gripe and not motivated or capable of making things happen in a focussed away. As such Suharto is the one that they let get away from them.

Suharto is today gone but justice can still be served. Suharto could not have perpetrated the deeds by himself. There must be military commanders that passed on Suharto’s orders to make people disappear among other misdeeds. There were people who gave orders and people who carried them out. Why have they not been brought to book until today?

Nietzsch spoke of justice being the spirit of revenge. Unspun thinks revenge is a bit of a waste of time, but the truth must be unraveled. Someone must speak for those countless victims of  repression and oppression, someone must let the light shine on these distardley deeds and the people who carried them out, if nothing else, to ensure that those who come after them will know that you cannot, or at least will find it very difficult, to  hide evil forever.

So what is to be the Suharto-wronged crowd? More bellyaching and achieve nothing, or organize yourselves, focus and get some results?