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National Police admit receiving ‘meal money’ from Freeport

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 29 2011   /  08:34 am

The National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo admitted on Friday that police members who guarded the Freeport-McMoRan mining site at Papua received money from the US mining company, describing the fees paid to the police personnel as “meal money” that could be audited and accounted for.

While Timur acknowledged that the government had already allocated funds for the Police to maintain security in Papua, he insisted that the money given by Freeport was justified as police members who were deployed to carry out special security measures, such as in the Freeport Mining area in Papua, were doing exceptionally difficult tasks.

“[The money] is given directly to Police members in the field and it is given to assist with the difficult situation there,” Timur told reporters on Friday.

“All operations, especially security operations at vital projects, are funded by t...