Isi Berita Sydney Herarld Soal SBY dan Korupsi
Jumat, 11 Maret 2011 13:03 WITA
SECRET American diplomatic cables have implicated the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in allegations of substantial corruption and abuse of power, puncturing his international reputation as a political cleanskin and reformer.
The cables reveal allegations that Dr Yudhoyono has intervened to influence prosecutors and judges to protect corrupt political figures and pressure his adversaries, while using the intelligence service to spy on political rivals and, at least once, a senior minister in his government.
They detail claims that 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 the Vice-President, Boediono, visits Canberra today for talks with the acting Prime Minister, Wayne Swan, and with officials on administrative change to reform Indonesia’s notoriously corrupt bureaucracy.
The cables, obtained by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to the Herald, disclose claims that soon after becoming President in 2004, Dr Yudhoyono intervened in the case of Taufik Kiemas, the husband of the former president Megawati Sukarnoputri.
According to the cables, Mr Taufik reportedly used his continuing control of his wife’s Indonesian Democratic Party, then the second largest in the parliament, to broker protection from prosecution for what US diplomats described as ‘‘legendary corruption during his wife’s tenure’’.
In December 2004 the US embassy in Jakarta reported that one of its most valued political informants, a senior presidential adviser, T. B. Silalahi, had advised that the assistant attorneygeneral Hendarman Supandji, had gathered sufficient evidence of the corruption of Mr Taufik to warrant his arrest.