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The Jakarta Post
Sat, March 23 2013, 8:42 AM
Jakarta - Yulianis, a key witness in various graft cases involving former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin, cannot be prosecuted for providing information on alleged corruption, according to a statement released by the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK).
The statement was issued after Democratic Party secretary-general Edhie “Ibas” Baskoro Yudhoyono reported Yulianis, a former employee of Nazaruddin, to the Jakarta Police for defamation.
Yulianis alleged that Ibas, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s youngest son, accepted a US$200,000 bribe from Nazaruddin’s Permai Group.
The money allegedly came from state funds in the Hambalang scandal and were used to finance the Democratic Party’s congress in Bandung, West Java, in 2010.
Yulianis made the remark after she testified before the Jakarta Corruption Court recently as a witness in a case involving two defendants from the Jakarta State University — assistant rector Fachrudin and lecturer Tri Mulyono — centering on a botched procurement of laboratory equipment for the university in 2010.
Records about the transfer were on Yulianis’ personal computer and laptop, which have been confiscated by the KPK. Ibas denied Yulianis’ allegations, accusing her making slanderous statements to the media.
LPSK commissioner Lili Pintauli Siregar said reporting Yulianis for defamation to the police “violates the law”.
She pointed out Article 10 of the 2006 Law on witness and victims protection, which stipulates that witnesses, victims and those who report a case cannot be prosecuted in both criminal and civil courts for their testimony, which has been or will be delivered.
“Moreover, Yulianis is under the LPSK’s protection,” she explained in a press release on Friday. Yulianis was placed under the witness protection program since July 2012.
Lili later urged all parties to follow the existing procedure, saying she contact the police in writing to ensure the safety of Yulianis, as well as any other witnesses under LPSK protection.
“Such protection is stipulated under the law. It is a binding mechanism for all institutions as stipulated in Article 36.”
Article 36 stipulates that the LPSK can ask for assistance from other institutions in implementing witness protection. It also orders those institutions to follow such requests.
In March last year, an investigator from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) testified before the court in a different Nazaruddin case that Yulianis, along with another witness, told the KPK that she felt threatened by someone. Therefore, he added, the KPK had to continue questioning at a location the two felt safe.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto has said that Ibas filed a report as he “felt disadvantaged because of the new reports.”
Lili said the LPSK would continue to provide Yulianis with assurance every time she is required to testify in court.
A number of Yudhoyono’s supporters accused Yulianis of lying and called on her to withdraw her statement. The KPK had previously received reports alleging that members of Yudhoyono’s family were involved in graft. One of the allegations stated that Ibas had accepted $900,000 from Nazaruddin between Jan. 18 and Dec. 29, 2010.
The Indonesian Police Watch (IPW) also asked the Jakarta Police to not follow up on Ibas’ report.
“She is a key suspect in a graft case, so her statement was made within her capacity as a witness,” IPW chairman Neta S. Pane said.
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