Jakarta rallies a sign of desperation in the KPK-Police struggle?

Does anyone else smell the same whiff of desperation in the air as Unspun? One would think that there are people in Indonesia who still think that rent-a-crowds would convince the public that public opinion is behind them.

Such people live in a world of their own divorced from reality. Technology has rendered much of the opaque business of gauging public opinion transparent. We all not only would know if the Emperor has no clothes but we can publish it online, and have it amplified by other onliners.

Nine Rallies In Jakarta on Thursday, Traffic Delays Expected

Nine rallies are scheduled for Jakarta on Thursday and will likely cause traffic delays.

According to Jakarta Police’s Traffic Management Center, the first demonstration began at 9 a.m. at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle. A second rally was held outside the Supreme Court building at Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara at the same time.

The State Palace, which is located on the same street as the Supreme Court, will be the site of three rallies that will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Groups of activists will come to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) at 10 a.m. and will march to the Presidential Advisory Board office. A different group of activists will also hold a rally at Hotel Indonesia traffic circle and march to the front of the National Police Headquarters on Jalan Trunojoyo in South Jakarta.

At 10:30 a.m. demonstrators will rally in front of the Chinese Embassy on Jalan Rasuna Said. Later in the afternoon activists will hold a rally at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

There is also a rally planned at the office of the representative of North Maluku on Jalan Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, and a hunger strike planned at the KPK building.

JG

A tale of two legal cases: Anggodo and Prita Mulyasari

Update: Apparently the Viva news story before was incorrect. Antara reports Polri as having said that Anggodo hasn’t been declared a suspect yet here.

So we going forward, backwards, or sideways?

 

Two contrasting recipients of justice in Indonesia. We going forward, backward or sideways?

In Viva news:

Kasus KPK
Akhirnya Anggodo Jadi Tersangka
Eddy Sumarsono dan Ari Muladi diperiksa untuk tersangkan Anggodo Widjojo.
Rabu, 18 November 2009, 13:31 WIB
Ismoko Widjaya, Desy Afrianti
Anggodo Widjojo (VIVAnews/Nurcholis Anhari Lubis)

VIVAnews – Markas Besar Polri ‘diam-diam’ sudah menetapkan Anggodo Widjojo menjadi tersangka. Penetapan tersangka Anggodo ini sudah dilanjutkan dengan pemeriksaan Eddy Sumarsono dan Ary Muladi.

“Kami memeriksa (Eddy Sumarsono dan Ari Muladi) dengan tersangkanya Anggodo,” kata Direktur Ekonomi dan Khusus Bareskrim Polri, Komisaris Besar Polisi Raja Erizman di Gedung DPR, Jakarta, Rabu 18 November 2009.

Menurut dia, Eddy Sumarsono dan Ari Muladi diperiksa untuk tersangka Anggodo Widjojo, adik buron Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) Anggoro Widjojo.

In The Jakarta Globe:

Prita Mulyasari appearing during her first trial at the Tangerang District Court. (Photo: Safir Makki, JG)

Prita Mulyasari appearing during her first trial at the Tangerang District Court. (Photo: Safir Makki, JG)

Prosecutors Recommend Six Months Jail For Prita Mulyasari Defamation Case

District prosecutors in Tangerang on Wednesday recommended a sentence of six months in jail for Prita Mulyasari, who is standing trial for an infamous defamation case brought against her by two doctors at an upscale hospital in the Jakarta suburb.

“We are handling a very difficult case because of growing public opinion that the defendant is not guilty, regardless of the fact that the trial has not yet concluded,” said prosecutor Riyadi in his opening remarks.

“But justice must not bow to pressures only because the defendant has support from so many Facebookers or whatever,” he said.

“We recommend that the defendant, Prita Mulyasari, be found guilty of defamation… and be sentenced to six months in jail,” Riyadi told the court.

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.

The Cicak who could

After experiencing a viral attack on our old host, Maverick shifted our blog to another host and it’s finally working again. We’re tweaking the blog but here’s something that I posted on on the resurrected blog this morning:

Lessons for Business in the Cicak-Buaya fight

There is a valuable lesson for Business in the conflict between the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Police Force.

It is a lesson of what to do when a seemingly vulnerable institution is threatened by a powerful one. It is the story of how, in Indonesian terms, the cicak (gecko) managed to stand its ground against the bullying buaya (crocodile).

Compared to the Police, which has wide ranging powers and seemingly unlimited resources , the KPK’s influence and power is miniscule. So when it came under attack from the police for alleged corruption among its commissioners, the KPK was in a quandary.

If the KPK was a business entity it would most likely hire an expensive lawyer, engage some lobbyists to probe who could be mollified to settle the issue, and then hunker down in silence. It would also have gone into denial, treating the matter as a pure legal issue and hope that the truth would set them free in a court of law.

If the KPK had done all these, they would have been finished by now.

Read more here.

 

Police watch: The Chief’s timepiece

Several Unspun readers wrote in to express curiosity and admiration of the timepiece worn by Police Chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri, as seen on his left hand in yesterday’s front page of Koran Tempo.

Unspun thought it was an Officine Panerai. One reader said it was a Richard Mille but another reader checked the watchmaker’s catalogue and found no such watches.

Whatever it is, the watch, which appears a bit out of focus in the photograph, is a handsome piece of horology and no doubt reflect the owner’s exquisite sense of taste.

Unspun wonders if any reader might be able to identify it correctly.

The solidarity handshake between Susno and Bambang?

Unspun was lunching with the corporate communications chiefs of one of Indonesia’s largest and most respected companies when the conversation turned to the Polri-KPK fracas. He shook his head and asked how could the Police commit PR suicide so often and constantly over the past few weeks.

“Who’s advising them on the PR?” he asked. “It’s a disaster.” Unspun replied that they probably didn’t have anyone competent advising them, otherwise they would not be in such dire straits.

Today, the straits widened. Splashed on the front pages of newspapers was the photo (like the one below in Seputar Indonesia) of  “Buaya-Cicak” originator and the man discredited by the recent tapes released by the KPK, Chief of Detectives Susno Duadji heartily doing the “commando shake” with Police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri.

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What message does this image send of the Police?

Unspun has no idea what went through the Police and Police Chief’s mind but the message that most people would take away from that photo, especially when accompanied by headlines such as “Susno’s resignation only temporary”, is that the Police have struck a deal with Susno to protect him from the fallout from the KPK tapes.

Susno, in photographs and video, comes across as a thoroughly unlikeable character. His appearance on TV, testifying before Commission III, gives the appearance of  an unctuous and arrogant man so amoral he does not realize that he may have done any wrong. In the testimony he glared at the camera with his eyeballs almost hidden by his upper eyelids, giving him a sinister air.

That, and given his Buaya-Cicak outburst, as well as arrogant statements over the past few weeks should mark him out as someone that the current Police Chief Bambang should avoid being seen with. In PR terms he is poison. Touch him or get near him and your image dies.

Bambang should have been told by his aides and advisers not to be seen together with Susno, much less to shake hands with him. But he did and as such his image and the image of the Police has been tarnished further as the public sees this unsavory character looking contentedly truimphant as he shakes the hand of the Police Chief.

This is a pity because Bambang seems a decent sort of fellow. Continue reading “The solidarity handshake between Susno and Bambang?”

Facebook wars over KPK

Forget Mafia Wars. This is infinitely more gripping. Besides it’s a real conflict involving the institutions that have the whole nation agog over the past few days and easily accessible through your Facebook account.

See how social media is being used — either in a concerted way by organizations or spontaneously by individuals — in the KPK-Police/Attorney General’s Office confrontation. This is an episode which is made all the more interesting because the Vice President of Indonesia @boediono has Twittered to ask who this Evan is. Go figure! (Why is the VP asking for information on Twitter when the intelligence services should be at his beck and call?)

The screen grab below is from the posting of a contact in Facebook. Apparently Evan is a Brimob member who had a posting in his Facebook page saying “Polri does not need society but society needs Polri…forward with the Indonesian Police, bury alive the small geckos…”

The response from one other Facebooker (below) was  a posting with screen grabs of Evan’s Facebook with lots of contacts “tagged” with the following comment: “This is Evan Brimob who is arrogant and opposes the citizenry, degrading healthy thinking and contemptuous of the defense of the truth. Spread this photo and search Evan Brimob and send him a message that his arrogance will unleash the people’s antipathy toward the police who have already exposed their rottenness”.

How will this play out? Log into your Facebook account and find out…

Evan