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Jakarta Post

Ex-ambassadors to China grilled over corruption

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 23 2008   /  10:59 am

Two former Indonesian ambassadors to China facing questioning for the first time over the alleged embezzlement of immigration fees have vowed to return the stolen money, prosecutors said Monday. Assistant attorney general for special crimes Marwan Effendy said despite their pledge, investigations would continue into Rear Adm. (ret) Anak Agung Kustia and his predecessor Lt. Gen. (ret) Kuntara, who served as ambassadors from 2000 to 2002 and from 2002 to 2004, respectively. "Their lawyers told prosecutors both (Kuntara and Kustia) would return the money. However, the criminal charges leveled at them will not be dropped and the investigation will continue," Marwan said after the questioning session. Marwan said the judges would consider the two suspects' decision to reimburse the money as mitigating evidence that could help reduce their prison terms. ...