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Major blow to antigraft efforts as Supreme Court paves way for more reduced sentences

first_imgHe was found guilty by the Jakarta Corruption Court in 2014 for accepting Rp 20 billion among other gratuities in relation to the construction of the Hambalang Sports Complex in Bogor, West Java, a project that also entangled other Dems officials.Anas was sentenced to eight years in prison, but the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) later successfully appealed for a tougher sentence at the Supreme Court, which increased his term to 14 years.But Wednesday saw three justices from the same court reduce the sentence back to eight years, based on a case review that Anas himself submitted in 2018. The court ruled that the previous judges who dealt with the KPK appeal based their ruling on the wrong evidence and convicted the politician using the wrong article of the 2001 Corruption Law.Anas has now become the 23rd graft convict to be granted leniency by the Supreme Court in the past year. Just a day prior to the issuance of the ruling, the KPK said 22 graft convicts had received lighter sentences after their case reviews were approved by the court between 2019 to 2020. The KPK said it had yet to receive copies of any of those rulings from the court.Read also: KPK chides Supreme Court for leniency toward graft convictsCritics were quick to point out the leniency of the court’s decision, accusing it of doling out reduced sentences to graft convicts with ease. They also say the move will pose a bigger threat to Indonesia’s anticorruption efforts in the future.KPK commissioner Nawawi Pomolango said the court had never published the legal reasoning and arguments behind such rulings and this served to undermine public faith in the court’s capability to mete out the appropriate punishment to graft convicts.“Now, the public can make their own decision as to whether such court rulings truly represent the country’s anticorruption efforts,” Nawawi told the Post on Thursday.This is not the first time the commission has expressed its disappointment at the court this year.Read also: Supreme Court acquits former Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan of graft chargesIn June, the KPK also lamented the court’s decision to reject a KPK appeal against a not-guilty verdict handed down by the Jakarta Corruption Court to former head of state-run electricity company PLN Sofyan Basir. The commission had previously detained Sofyan for allegedly accepting bribes in relation to a coal-fired power plant project in Riau.Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has also criticized the court for having no commitment to eradicating corruption. The antigraft watchdog found that lower and higher courts – including the Supreme Court – handed down not-guilty verdicts to 41 graft suspects in 2019, almost double the number in 2018.Zaenur Rohman, a researcher for Gadjah Mada University’s Center for Anticorruption Studies (Pukat UGM), said that lenient treatment for graft convicts had become more frequent since former justice Artidjo Alkostar left the court in 2018.Artidjo, who is now a member of the KPK’s oversight body, was known for his no-nonsense demeanor and clean track record. He made graft convicts think twice before appealing, as he often gave them harsher sentences than those they initially recieved. Artidjo was also one of the court justices who accepted the KPK’s appeal against Anas’ sentencing in 2015.“I sense that graft convicts seem to have taken advantage of Artidjo’s departure from the court to seek any reduction in their sentences, and I’m afraid that more graft convicts will use the same method,” Zaenur said.“What’s the point of eradicating corruption if those who have committed wrongdoing keep receiving lighter and lighter sentences? There will no longer be any deterrent effect left in the end.”Read also: Supreme Court sets out graft sentencesKurnia Ramadhana of the ICW said that the court’s rulings, along with other lenient decisions in favor of graft convicts, would defeat the KPK’s efforts at combating corruption.Both Kurnia and Zaenur urged the Judicial Commission to trace any violation of the ethical code by judges who have dealt with case reviews in graft cases.The court, however, is adamant that all of its graft case reviews are based on the principle of a fair trial, stressing that judges must remain independent before issuing any ruling.“I suggest those who question the rulings read them thoroughly before criticizing them,” said Supreme Court spokesman Abdullah.Topics : The Supreme Court has once again come under fire for undermining the antigraft movement, this time for reducing the graft sentence of former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum in a recent case review, setting another precedent for other graft convicts to methodically seek reduced sentences.On Wednesday, a panel of three Supreme Court justices led by Sunarto reduced Anas’ prison sentence from the initial 14 years to just eight years, according to a copy of the ruling obtained by The Jakarta Post.The justices also demanded Anas, who served as party chief between 2010 to 2013, pay a fine of Rp 300 million (US$20,164), which, if not paid, would see him serve an extra three months’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Emmanuel ‘Bo’ Durand Recognized for his Contribution to Séwinal Tradition

first_imgLocalNews Emmanuel ‘Bo’ Durand Recognized for his Contribution to Séwinal Tradition by: – December 22, 2011 Share Share Share Emmanuel ‘Bo’ Durand receiving his plaque. Photo credit: Gregory RabessOne the high points of the Waraka Séwinal Festival held in Atkinson last weekend was the awarding of a plaque of recognition to séwinal stalwart, Emmanuel ‘Bo’ Durand. Mr. Durand received the award at the Grand Séwinal Concert held on Saturday evening December 17 for his contribution to developing and promoting the séwinal tradition. He has been involved in the séwinal tradition for over forty years. A multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Durand plays the steel pan, accordion, tanbou, gwaj and boom; typical instruments used in séwinal. The séwinal tradition runs very strong in the Durand family. His grandfather Mr. Emery Zake Durand and uncle Medland Durand and his father Rockson Durand were the leading séwinal musicians during the 1940s and 50s. Bann Akayo featuring Emmanuel Durand on the Accordion. Photo credit: Gregory RabessAccording to Mr. Durand, he started ‘running séwinal’ from his teens. He recalls the use of steel pans in the late 50s as part of séwinal. He was a member of a steel pan group in Atkinson.The group went from house to house in Atkinson and the Kalinago Territory entertaining families and spreading the joy of Christmas. In more recent years, he concentrated on the accordion and tanbou, performing with his own group of musicians and with Bann Akayo.After receiving the plaque of recognition, Mr. Durand entertained the crowd with a guest performance on the accordion. The festival organizers, the Atkinson Village Council and the Waraka Séwinal Festival Committee intend to recognize other séwinal stalwarts at future editions of the Waraka Sewinal Festival.By: Gregory Rabesscenter_img Tweet 26 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

United Way of Franklin County announces Community Impact Fund and new poverty simulation tool

first_imgBrookville, IN– United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) has been serving the community for nearly 30 years by providing funding for agencies and programs that work to improve individual lives. Times have changed over the years, and so have the challenges and needs in our community.Our vision for the 2019 campaign is to help our most vulnerable individuals, families that routinely struggle to afford the basics and have a little leftover for savings or emergencies. Those families, we refer to as ALICE families (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) don’t fall under the Federal Poverty guideline and therefore fall through the cracks. We have the data and know that 34% of families in Franklin County are either living in poverty or are ALICE families.  We are working with community partners and agencies to bring about effective solutions for these families. We would like to introduce our Community Impact Fund-the strategic approach to see these families move towards self-sufficiency and break the cycle of generational poverty. This fund will work to provide meaningful solutions and offer help with basic needs like food, childcare, transportation, and employment.“I know some people don’t quite understand the challenges that ALICE families face so I am excited that we have a poverty simulation tool for people to experience the decisions they are faced with daily,” states Kelly Bulmer, Executive Director. Bulmer highly encourages community members to visit www.indianatoughchoices.org to gain a better understanding of those who struggle to afford the basics. Participants are asked to enter their name, email and zip code for monitoring purposes only.“Our theme for the campaign this year is the Power of One,” reports Dawn Rosenberger, campaign chair. Rosenberger goes on to say, “We truly believe that it takes just one person to make a difference.” UWFC is encouraging the community to give just one more dollar or hour of community service; be the one that drives the change!“Our desire is to link arms with the community to bring our campaign vision to light, we would love to have you give to our Community Impact Fund to lend a hand to those families that struggle,” Rosenberger said.To give to the campaign, simply visit www.uwfcin.org and give securely through Paypal. You may mail a donation to PO Box 105 Brookville, IN 47012. If you work outside the county and your employer holds a United Way pledge drive, you can request your pledge be directed back to Franklin County. Please notate “Community Impact Fund” on your donation if you desire to help families in need, otherwise, all donations will go into the general campaign fund. In addition, you can sign up through Amazon Smile and select United Way of Franklin County as the charity of your choice and Amazon will give .5% of your total purchases back to UWFC.Anyone with questions on how to donate should contact the office by phone 765-647-2789 or email at info@uwfcin.org. To stay up to date on UWFC news, sign up for email alerts on the website, www.uwfcin.orgThe United Way of Franklin County seeks to positively impact the lives of those in our community by assessing needs, uniting partner organizations, agencies and volunteers and devoting our financial resources and efforts to the most critical needs.last_img read more

Two local ladies represent area as 500 Festival Princesses

first_imgSydney MeyerIndianapolis, IN— The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces the 33 Indiana women selected to serve as 2020 500 Festival Princesses. The 2020 500 Festival Princesses represent 14 Indiana colleges and universities and 22 cities and towns across the state. With a cumulative GPA of 3.64, this year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based on communication skills, academic performance, community involvement, commitment to service, and leadership.The 500 Festival Princesses are selected throughout a competitive process consisting of a written application and two rounds of interviews. The 2020 500 Festival Princesses represent a diverse group of women with 26 different fields of study ranging from education to software engineering to journalism to biochemistry.Locally, two young ladies were selected as Festival Princesses.  Sydney Meyer, of Greensburg, a graduate of Greensburg Community High School and is currently a junior at Indiana State University majoring in legal studies and Meredith Struewing, of Sunman, a graduate of East Central High School and currently a junior at Indiana University majoring in media. Meredith Struewinglast_img read more

Rivers United unveil new players

first_imgRelatedPosts Bring oil thieves to justice, Gov. Wike urges security agencies Navy releases details of training for successful Batch 29B of NNBTS Blackout in Rivers as protesters shut down Afam transmission station Rivers United have unveiled its new players ahead of the commencement of the 2019-20 Nigeria Professional Football League season. The players were unveiled at an elaborate ceremony at the club’s home ground, the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday.Addressing the team during the ceremony, General manager of the club, Chief Okey Kpalukwu, urged them to give their all in the pursuit of laurels this season.Responding, club captain, Festus Austine, promised that the players would give a hundred percent in all competitions in the coming season.Rivers United will face Kano Pillars in their opening league game of the season at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on November 3, 2019.Tags: Port Harcourtsani abacha Stadiumlast_img read more

Kane ‘may miss start of next term’

first_img Press Association If Kane is called up by Southgate, he is likely to be left out of the England senior squad’s fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia at the start of June, and excused from an Under-21 friendly against Belarus. It would still, however, give Kane less than three weeks’ break before the Young Lions’ opening tournament match against Portugal on June 18. England will play three group matches before a potential semi-final on June 27 and final three days later. Pochettino has previously said Kane will need a month’s holiday to recover from a campaign that will stretch to 53 appearances for club and country if he plays against Everton on Sunday. A month’s rest after the European Under-21 Championships would see Kane miss the majority of Tottenham’s pre-season training, which Pochettino sees as crucial to his team’s high-tempo style of play, before the new league campaign begins on August 8. “Could he miss the start of the season? Maybe,” Pochettino said. “But it is because of that I am sure the FA will take the right the decision for Harry Kane and for England. “I am happy if Harry is happy. In the end it is a decision for the FA, we need to wait for the FA’s decision. Gareth Southgate names his provisional squad for the tournament in the Czech Republic on Wednesday and if Kane is included, it will leave the striker only 18 days to recuperate after Tottenham’s post-season tour of Malaysia and Australia. Spurs face Everton on Sunday in their final Premier League fixture of the season before the squad fly out on Monday to face a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on May 27 and Sydney FC three days later. “If Harry asks me, I will say it is his decision. If you have the possibility to play in the under-21s it is always the player’s decision. “We can advise him but it is up to the FA and the player. “The problem is there are different interests. We are a club in England and we need to be careful. “The manager’s decision in this case is to build the team and decide and pick different players. “His decision and our interests are maybe different to the FA’s. But we understand the decision will always be with the FA.” Kane has enjoyed a remarkable season at Tottenham, scoring 30 times in all competitions for his club, but the striker has been less prolific in recent weeks. One goal in seven has led to suggestions the 21-year-old is suffering from fatigue. “Harry is not tired,” Pochettino added. “The problem is when you play a lot of games in the Premier League and Europa League, you spend a lot of energy and it is not easy. “He is not tired, it is about next season. We can see him in the future because for us he is a future number one in the senior England squad.” Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits Harry Kane may miss the start of next season if he plays for England at the European Under-21 Championships this summer.last_img read more

Andros Townsend set for Newcastle move as Florian Thauvin prepares for exit

first_img Press Association Personal terms are still to be finalised, but no hitches are anticipated with the player ready to begin a new phase of his career. Townsend told Sky Sports News: “As soon as I knew of Newcastle’s interest, they were the only club I wanted to join. “Two of the best positions you can play in football are centre-forward and left-wing at NUFC. I’ve got the chance – I could never turn that down. “I can’t wait to play my first game at St James’ Park. I’m excited!” Townsend’s excitement is understandable as he has not played a senior game for Spurs since the 2-1 Europa League defeat at Anderlecht on October 22 after a run-in with Mauricio Pochettino’s fitness coach Nathan Gardiner. A successful conclusion to the deal would take Newcastle’s spending this month to around £29million following the earlier captures of Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet, and their investment since head coach Steve McClaren was appointed last summer to £81million. That could be boosted further during the remaining days of the transfer window with a proven striker still on McClaren’s wish-list and the club’s pursuit of West Brom’s Saido Berahino ongoing, if without any great encouragement so far that a breakthrough is close. Newcastle have also been linked with a series of potential alternative targets, including Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis and Chelsea’s Loic Remy, although time is running out fast. The 24-year-old England international midfielder is due to undergo a medical on Tyneside on Wednesday a day after the Magpies and Spurs finally reached an agreement on a fee to bring an end to his White Hart Lane misery within touching distance. Townsend tweeted a photograph of the view from his windscreen as he left his current club’s training ground for the final time on Tuesday afternoon, adding the message, “Emotional. #16 years” having earlier posted, “Been an absolute pleasure playing with the u21 boys the last 3 or 4 months!”. Newcastle hope to tie up their £12million swoop for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend within the next 24 hours as summer signing Florian Thauvin prepares to head for the exit door. Meanwhile, Townsend’s impending arrival is likely to trigger £12million Florian Thauvin’s return on loan for the rest of the season to Marseille. The Frenchman, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday, has made only 16 appearances – including just five starts – for the club and has struggled to force his way into McClaren’s plans. It is understood the two clubs agreed in principle to a loan move some time ago, but that it was dependent on Newcastle landing a replacement. Should McClaren get the frontman he craves, he could have few complaints about the hand he has been dealt with which to fight off relegation with owner Mike Ashley having sanctioned unprecedented investment in the playing staff. last_img read more

Big surprise: In reversal of expectations, Melo struggles, Moussa Keita impresses through 2 games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Prior to Syracuse’s first practice of the 2010 season, head coach Jim Boeheim lauded the progression of one of SU’s center recruits in the Class of 2010. But Boeheim was not talking about the perceived jewel of the class — Fab Melo. Boeheim was speaking of the other center, Baye Moussa Keita. And after SU’s 86-67 win over Canisius Sunday, Boeheim took the time out to remind everyone. ‘I said in the preseason he’s been the biggest surprise on our team,’ Boeheim said. ‘He still has a long way to go, but he’s an active player.’ Surprise, surprise. Moussa Keita will look to keep up his play while Melo hopes to bounce back, as Syracuse (2-0) prepares to take on Detroit (0-1) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text After two games in which Boeheim was irate at the play of the SU’s bench players and freshmen who were supposed to bring depth to the team, Moussa Keita has been the biggest positive surprise for the Orange. Through two games, Moussa Keita has logged 17.5 minutes per game. And in Sunday’s win, he hauled in an astounding 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes of play, albeit against a much smaller Canisius team. In that postgame press conference, during which Boeheim asserted that no freshman has done anything of significance yet, the one person he singled out aside from his main four returning players was Moussa Keita. Yes, he would ream his bench in the locker room and press room about the fact that they hadn’t done anything yet to prove they lived up to the hype. They were ‘overrated.’ But Moussa Keita was the one who wasn’t. He was the surprise. He was a necessity, even if he wasn’t an expectation. ‘We wouldn’t have won tonight without him,’ Boeheim said, before drilling home the point with another short sentence. ‘That’s how important he is.’ The expected freshman necessity heading into the season was Melo. He would bring the depth down low to get past the Sweet 16. He would bring scoring. He would become the low-post presence everyone expected, as he was named the Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year. Melo has been a surprise through two games. But to Moussa Keita’s positive yin, Melo has been the negative yang. Melo started both games but averaged just three points. The more discouraging statistic is that Melo has seven total rebounds in the two games. But perhaps the most discouraging part of his game has been that Melo hasn’t been able to keep himself on the floor. Against Northern Iowa, Melo fouled out. Sunday, Melo reverted to his foul-prone ways at the end of the first half. After the Orange had only amassed two total fouls in the game’s first 16 minutes, Melo quickly ended the trend. He picked up his first foul at the 3:23 mark with the game tied. Eighteen seconds later, he picked up his second foul. He picked up foul No. 3 just 27 seconds after that. Moussa Keita promptly subbed in. From that point on, Moussa Keita would haul in 11 rebounds to go along with his 3-of-5 shooting from the field, totaling six points. And from there, Melo played just four more minutes. In the SU locker room after the game, Melo had a certain vibe to him. A vibe that fused frustration, disbelief and apathy. Apathy toward the fouls. A sense of apathy because Boeheim told Melo the fouls were unwarranted. Melo played a half full of proper defensive position in Boeheim’s 2-3 zone. Nothing to be worried about with his play. ‘Most of the fouls, I don’t think they were fouls,’ Melo said. ‘(Boeheim) told me, ‘It was a good job, so keep playing defense.’ That is what I was doing. And the fouls, I didn’t like it a lot.’ And neither did Boeheim. The foul trouble was the facet of Melo’s game Thursday that aligned as a disappointment with the rest of the bench’s poor play. Melo just wasn’t in there enough to do anything, and his growth had been stunted. Against Canisius, SU struggled to grow as well. The much-maligned first half was highlighted by the 26-25 deficit Syracuse faced with 2:48 left when Melo exited. But in came Moussa Keita and, surprise, the Orange only trailed for the next 21 seconds before it would go up for the rest of the game. Moussa Keita proved the turning point, giving SU a 27-26 lead it wouldn’t relinquish on a simple layup following an offensive rebound. The next possession down, Moussa Keita deflected a Gaby Belardo pass, resulting in a Kris Joseph bucket. Soon, SU was up 32-26 because Moussa Keita had done the easy things. Unlike the first game, he wouldn’t foul out along with Melo. He played a second half Boeheim referred to as a huge step for the freshman from Senegal. He was the player who Boeheim felt turned SU around from not doing much on the boards to dominating the boards. But to Moussa Keita, he just had to correct an easy mistake. Grab the basketball with two hands. Not one. Success would ensue. It was that simple in order to surprise. ‘In the first half I was trying to grab everything with one hand, and in the second half I was trying to go after every rebound,’ Moussa Keita said. ‘Try to go up with both hands. That’s what I did in the second half.’ aolivero@syr.edulast_img read more