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Jakarta Post

Police drop tobacco graft case, sparking suspicions

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 20 2010   /  10:03 am

The police have dropped an investigation into possible graft on the omission of a proposed clause  in the 2009 Law on Health, allegedly due to political interference.National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Iskandar Hasan said Tuesday the decision to discontinue the investigation was made without any interference from outside parties.“It was due to an order from the Director of Transnational Security and Crimes at the Detective Division whose detectives have failed to find any criminal charges in the case.“This is neither a sudden decision nor due to political interference. This has been through a long discussion,” Iskandar told the press.He said it was still possible for detectives to reopen the case if new evidence would be found.Several weeks ago, a leaked police document showed that detectives had named three politicians as suspects. They were lawmakers Ribka Tjiptaning of the...