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Cables accuse Indonesian
President of corruption
By PHILIP DORLING
SECRET US diplomatic cables have implicated Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in substantial corruption and abuse of power, puncturing his reputation as a political cleanskin and reformer. The cables say Dr Yudhoyono has personally intervened
to influence prosecutors and judges to protect corrupt political figures and pressure his adversaries, while using the Indonesian intelligence service to spy on political rivals and, at least once, a senior minister in his own government.
They also detail how Dr Yudhoyono’s former vicepresident reportedly paid millions of dollars to buy control of Indonesia’s largest political party, and accuse the President’s wife and her family of seeking to enrich themselves through their political connections.
The revelations come as Indonesian Vice-President Boediono visits Canberra today for talks with acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan and discussions with officials on administrative change to reform Indonesia’s corrupt bureaucracy.
The US diplomatic reports— obtained by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to The Age — say that soon after becoming President in 2004, Dr Yudhoyono intervened in the case of Taufik Kiemas, husband of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri. Mr Taufik reportedly had used his continuing control of his wife’s Indonesian Democratic Party, then the second largest party in Indonesia’s parliament, to broker protection from prosecution for what the US diplomats described as ‘‘legendary corruption duringhis wife’s tenure’’.
In December 2004, the US embassy in Jakarta reported that one of its most valued political informants, senior presidential adviser T.B. Silalahi, had advised that then assistant attorney-general Hendarman Supandji, who was leading the new government’s anticorruption campaign, had gathered ‘‘sufficient evidence of the corruption of former first gentleman Taufik Kiemas to warrant Taufik’s arrest’’.
But Mr Silalahi, one of Dr Yudhoyono’s closest political confidants, told the US embassy the President ‘‘had personally instructed Hendarman not to pursue a case against Taufik’’. No legal proceedings were brought against Mr Taufik, an influential political figure who is now Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly, a largely ceremonial body. The US embassy also reported that then vice- president Jusuf Kalla allegedly paid ‘‘enormous bribes’’ to win the chairmanship of Golkar, Indonesia’s largest party, during a
December 2004 party congress.
The President’s wife and relatives feature prominently in the US embassy’s political reporting, with American diplomats highlighting efforts of the President’s family ‘‘particularly first lady Kristiani Herawati . . . to profit financially from its political position’’. As early as ...(berita bersambung ke halaman yang tidak ditampilkan di web)_