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Jakarta Post

Poor memory and denials plague bribery trial

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 14 2010   /  09:43 am

Forgetfulness, rebuttals and claimed ignorance of events seem to plague the hearing of the multimillion dollar bribery case that has implicated many former lawmakers, with witnesses tarnishing court proceedings with poor answers that have irritated the panel of judges.Top brass Golkar politician Paskah Suzetta, also a former state minister for national development planning, repeatedly rebutted all allegations against him in Tuesday’s hearing, including denying ever having received traveler’s checks worth Rp 600 million (US$60,000) from defendant Hamka Yandhu after the election of Miranda Swaray Goeltom as a central bank deputy senior governor in 2004.Paskah was then the chairman of the House of Representatives’ Commission IX overseeing banking and financial issues, which was responsible for the election process.He refuted previous testimony of of an employee at a car dealer that he...