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Jakarta Post

Graft cases threaten RI diplomacy

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 1 2008   /  11:06 am

Several cases of alleged corruption involving Indonesian diplomats overseas, particularly its ambassadors in Washington and Moscow, have raised concerns over their credibility in representing the country abroad. The ambassadors to the United States Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat and to Russia, Hamid Awaluddin, are facing investigations at home for their alleged roles in separate corruption cases. As the envoys are representing Indonesia in two major world powers considered the country's most strategic partners, the loss of their credibility could disrupt Indonesia's image and standing in international relations, experts and lawmakers warned Sunday. Sudjadnan has been implicated in corruption related to renovations of the Indonesian Embassy building in Singapore in 2003. During his recent corruption trial, former ambassador to Singapore Mochamad Slamet Hidayat re...