Indonesian prosecutor gets 20 years for corruption
On Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index, Denmark wins the least corrupt number one spot out of 179 countries, but Indonesia wallows at 143.
Nevertheless for much of this year the country has been enthralled by an unprecedented crackdown on corrupt individuals.Last week Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission netted one of its biggest fish so far, with a 20 year sentence meted out to a top prosecutor in the Attorney General's Department.From Jakarta, our Indonesia correspondent, Geoff Thompson, reports.(Sound of traffic)GEOFF THOMPSON: A funny thing happened the other day on the way home from a weekend grocery excursion.The cops pulled us over for entering a roundabout from the wrong lane, or something like that, usually it doesn't matter.Living in Indonesia you get used to seeing little posses of policemen manning some confounding corner, in the comfortable knowledge they can always ping somebody for something.And the expectation is always the pandora jewelry new collection same that the policeman in question is looking for a bribe, before letting you go.But on this occasion we were pleasantly surprised. The discount pandora bracelets and charms policeman simply told us we had done the wrong thing and then waved us on; unusual indeed.I'd like to think that this experience is symptomatic of a broader trend in Indonesia; that the nation currently ranked in the bottom 20 per cent of the world's most corrupt states is incrementally emerging from decades of endemic corruption.That may be too much to believe in just yet, but there's no denying a quiet revolution is underway here, slowly overturning the public's perception of just who is above the law and who is not.Last week Indonesia learned that top prosecutors within the nation's own Attorney General's Department are not only completely corruptible, but sometimes completely accountable.On Thursday, former senior prosecutor, Urip Tri Gunawan, was found to be a grubby little crook. He was caught red handed accepting a $790,000 bribe to abandon the investigation of multi billionaire bank magnate, Sjamsul Nursalim, who kept an awful lot of money linked to his bank after the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997.Nursalim is believed to living in Singapore with whom the Indonesian Government inked an extradition treaty in April last year. The treaty cannot be enforced until ratified by each government, which doesn't look like happening anytime soon.Urip, the prosecutor, was sentenced pandora dealer locations to 20 cheap pandora bracelets years jail, five years more than prosecutors demanded, and double the longest sentence previously issued by the three year old corruption court.Throughout the trial he protested his innocence saying the money was first for a gemstone deal, and then for setting up a motorcar workshop.Urip's fall is the latest big win for Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission known as the KPK (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi).
Former Australian diplomat and anti corruption consultant, Kevin Evans, thinks that for the first time in Indonesia's history "korruptors" as they're known here, are running scared.KEVIN EVANS: They're so used to getting away with it, that they don't even think that they need to be secure in what they're up to. So obviously it up's the ante in terms of the sophistication that the korruptors have to get up to, and that's to be expected.
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