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Jakarta Post

Intel chief reports lawmaker for libel

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 23 2008   /  10:53 am

State Intelligence Agency chief Syamsir Siregar has reported Reform Star Party (PBR) lawmaker Ade Daud Nasution to the House of Representatives' disciplinary council for alleged defamation. Syamsir's lawyer, Zaenal Ma'arif, said the lawmaker had spread lies about his client by saying Syamsir had backed tycoon Sjamsul Nursalim, one of the major debtors in the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) case. "His (Ade's) remarks are completely slanderous. They have harmed our client's reputation and distressed his family," Zaenal said after meeting with council members. Zaenal submitted as supporting evidence a copy of an article titled The good smell of Liem Tjoen Ho coffee, published in the 12-18 May 2008 edition of Forum weekly magazine. In the article, Ade is reported to have said Syamsir was one of the high-ranking officials who backed up fugitive ...