Indonesian gov't slapped in face following publication of "luxurious" inmate in Bali

20:01, November 15, 2010      

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Amid Indonesian ongoing campaign to eradicate corruption and reforming its bureaucracy, the government gets a slap in the face with the revelation of photos depicting the country's high profile inmate watching an international-class women tennis championship in the resort island of Bali.

The police confirmed that the man watching women's tennis championship stayed in a lavish hotel in Bali, and was caught by the hotel's CCTV.

The man portrayed with fake hair and glasses was Gayus Tambunan, a tax office official who is now supposed to serve in police detention as corruption trials are underway at the moment.

Earlier reports said that Gayus, who still keeps hundreds billion rupiah of money he allegedly obtained from illicit practices during his service in tax office, allegedly paid 368 million rupiah (41,220 U.S. dollars) to bribe warden to be allowed out of detention at least once a week.

Indonesian police Chief Timur Pradopo said that he would put sanctions against police officers involved in the case, saying that an investigation into the case is underway at the moment.

Gayus Tambunan was a key figure in the high profile tax embezzlement case involving firms that belong to senior officials in the country. He was charged of bribing police officers during the interrogation process.

Some police involved in the interrogation against Gayus were sentenced by civil court for apparently receiving bribes. The bribes varied from cash money to U.S.-made Harley Davidson motorbike.

Reports on special service for rich inmates buzzed the media last year when a women prison allowed a woman inmate to build and decorate her cell into luxury room equipped with Karaoke set and wooden tiles.

Learning from those facts, Indonesia needs to take stern action for legal enforce officials who committed in bribery, or taking fortunes from rich inmates they are watching on.

It would put the government attest in its determination to fight corruption in the country.

Source: Xinhua


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