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 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?”