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Witness protection official
rejects dismissal

JAKARTA: A member of the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK), Myra Diarsi, chose to ignore a recently issued presidential decree dismissing her from her post over ethical violations.

The decree, signed April 5, dismissed Myra and another LPSK member, I Ktut Sudiharsa, after the agency's supervisory board recommended the dismissals.

In a statement, Myra said the decree "was not legal grounds *for my dismissal*".

The President, she added, "should have waited for and respected the legal process that was underway" at the Jakarta State Administrative Court to rule on the dispute over her dismissal.

A ruling on the case has not been issued, Myra said. She therefore requested the President revoke the decree.

Ktut and Myra were suspended since November last year for their alleged role in the framing of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairmen Chandra M. Hamzah and Bibit Samad Rianto.

A wiretapped conversation between officials played at the Constitutional Court earlier that month allegedly connected them with Anggodo Widjojo, the younger brother of fugitive graft suspect Anggoro Widjojo, in the conspiracy.

Anggodo was named a suspect for his role and arrested by the KPK. - JP

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