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Jakarta Post

Editorial: A shameful deed

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, August 6 2010   /  09:19 am

“What a shame,” people will likely say about the six years’ imprisonment handed down on Monday by the Corruption Court to Jakarta State Administrative High Court judge Ibrahim for accepting a bribe in a land dispute.The verdict is another slap in the face for the Indonesian judiciary, as public perceptions of the institution remain very low. As a judge, Ibrahim should have been the last bastion in the country’s judicial system (after National Police officers and Attorney General’s Office prosecutors) in upholding justice, not the one committing the wrongdoing. Ibrahim was found guilty of accepting a Rp 300 million (US$33,000) bribe from Adner Sirait, the lawyer of businessman Darianus Lungguk Sitorus, to help his client win a legal battle at Jakarta State Administrative High Court over a land dispute with the Jakarta administration.The dispute centers around a 9.9-hectare plot ...