Activists call on KPK to open investigation into obstruction of justice in Nurhadi bribery case

first_imgHaris Azhar, the executive director of legal and human rights group the Lokataru Foundation, said the KPK should look into the possibility others had played a role in hiding Nurhadi from the graft busters. Should anyone be found to have done so, the antigraft body could charge them with obstruction of justice, as stipulated in Article 21 of the 2001 Corruption Law. “Investigators should reveal whose houses were used [to hide Nurhadi], as well as any persons who assisted, protected or provided him with his daily needs during his time on the run,” Haris said in a discussion on Friday.Former KPK commissioner Bambang Widjojanto echoed Haris’ statement, saying Nurhadi was able to move undetected for more than 100 days although he was just “an ordinary civil servant”.”The question is whether he has any extraordinary ability to evade arrest, or was someone in charge of protecting him?” said Bambang. Antigraft activists have demanded that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecute any persons found to have helped hide former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi, who had been on the run from the graft busters for many months before being apprehended earlier this week.KPK investigators arrested Nurhadi and his son-in-law Rezky Herbiyono in South Jakarta on Tuesday – roughly six months after both were named suspects for allegedly accepting bribes in the form of nine checks and Rp 46 billion (US$3.2 million) in cash pertaining to three cases handled by the country’s highest court between 2011 and 2016.Many suspect that Nurhadi had been hiding in South Jakarta the entire time, raising suspicions that other parties were involved in protecting him from law enforcement.  Read also: Former Supreme Court secretary accused of accepting Rp 46b in bribesSome have accused the KPK of hampering its own investigation into the case, saying the antigraft agency lacked the will and courage needed to expose other parties involved in the case.Bambang claimed the KPK had ignored information provided by members of the public regarding Nurhadi’s whereabouts, including from Haris in February.He also claimed the antigraft body had pursued a “judicial strategy” by putting the suspects on the most wanted list, meaning the KPK would not need to disclose information pertaining to the case if information was not provided by the public.When asked whether the investigators would open an investigation into possible obstruction of justice, KPK chairman Firli Bahuri said the graft busters would focus on Nurhadi’s bribery case first.Critics have lambasted the decision, saying it contrasted with the antigraft body’s decision to open investigations into alleged obstruction of justice pertaining to former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto in the prominent e-ID corruption case.“If the public finds out the KPK lacks the courage to investigate the figures that protected the suspects, the KPK will lose credibility as a law enforcement institution,” said Bambang.Read also: 100 days of blunders: Watchdog slams new KPK chairman’s performanceResponding to the criticism, KPK acting spokesperson Ali Fikri said the antigraft body’s investigation had followed the relevant regulations and was not influenced by “another party’s requests”.“Our work in based on the facts and witness testimonies gathered during the investigation rather than on our assumptions or feelings,” said Ali, encouraging others not to form opinions based on baseless assumptions.Activists have also urged the KPK to open an investigation into alleged money laundering by Nurhadi in relation to the bribery case, as the suspect and his wife, Tin Zuraida, have been recorded as having made an unusually high number of financial transactions and as being unusually wealthy.According to Nurhadi’s wealth report in 2012, he owned Rp 33.4 billion in assets, ranging from land to luxury cars.“It should be strongly suspected that such money didn’t come from his legitimate income,” said Lalola Easter of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), adding that the KPK should prosecute other parties involved in the alleged money laundering.Topics :last_img read more

Theresa M. Nobbe-Kadinger

first_imgTheresa M. Nobbe-Kadinger, age 81 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018 at Margaret Mary Health.  The daughter of Christian and Magnalena (nee: Hartman) Nunlist was born on March 24, 1937 in Oldenburg, IN.Theresa married Alvin Nobbe on June 6, 1956 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.  He passed away in 1982.  She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.She is survived by her daughters, Robin (Wayne) Tingle of Batesville and Mary (Roger) Collins of Batesville; sons, Dennis Nobbe of Mooresville and Matt (Marla) Nobbe of Batesville; daughter-in-law, Donna Andrus of Indianapolis; along with her sister Rita Schoentrup of Greensburg.In addition to her husband, Alvin, Theresa was preceded in death by her son, Marvin Nobbe, sisters, Rose Grueninger and Mary Stephens, plus her brothers, Al, Joe, Tony, George and Jerry Nunlist.Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00AM on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at St. Louis Catholic Church.  There are no visitation hours.  Rev. Stan Pondo officiating with burial to follow in the Holy Family Church Cemetery in Oldenburg.Memorials may be given in her memory to the Free Clinic in Batesville or Masses.  Meyers Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.   Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Gym owner opens his doors despite shutdown orders

first_imgA gym owner in Melborne, Florida is defying statewide orders for certain business to remain closed because he says his business is just as essential as many others that are currently allowed to be open.Mike Manning of Harbor City Community Fitness says he has opened his doors and is encouraging his customers to return because he believes that gyms are just as important as physical and occupational therapy businesses that are currently allowed to be open and make money.Manning says he is aware that he could be fined and lose his state license for opening his business before the allotted time, however, it is a risk he is willing to take because he is currently losing a lot of money.“As far as any enforcement, that’s just one of the things I’m willing to deal with if it happens. I’m not trying to die on this hill, but I am willing to fight,” Manning said.The gym owner has redesigned his gym to meet social distancing guidelines and has also wrote a letter to the state defending his position and his business.The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office says it is aware that the gym has reopened and that they are considering intervening.last_img read more

Syracuse falls to No. 10 in Tuesday’s NFHCA poll

first_imgSyracuse (11-4, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) slipped three places to No. 10 in Tuesday’s National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll.The dip comes after weekend split at home when the Orange fell, 2-1, to then-No. 4 Virginia on Oct. 14. The next day, SU put away Drexel, 4-0, behind a goal and two assists from Lies Lagerweij.All seven ACC teams are ranked, five placing ahead of Syracuse: No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Virginia, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 7 Louisville and No. 9 Boston College. Wake Forest is the lowest ranked ACC team at No. 13.The lone unbeaten, Connecticut, continues to hold the No. 1 spot.Syracuse travels to Philadelphia for a Sunday meeting with Penn at 1 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2017 at 11:39 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more