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#61660 - 21 Sep 07 03:05 Prison doesn't make a difference
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Soccer authority happy to keep jailed boss

Matheos Messakh, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) has no plan to replace chairman Nurdin Halid, who has been sentenced to two years in jail for corruption, an executive in the organization said Tuesday.

"There is no problem with the organization (with Nurdin's arrest). We do not rely on an individual chairman, but members of the executive committee," PSSI secretary-general Nugraha Besoes said, while referring to a newly established committee overseeing the day-to-day running of the organization.

"Until now we have no plan to substitute Pak Nurdin, and maybe there will be no replacement," he added.

Besoes added that even objections from soccer fans would not be enough reason to replace the PSSI chairman.if the 449 chapters of PSSI file objections, we might consider replace him," he said.

Nurdin, who took the PSSI's helm in 2003, was reelected for his second four-year term during the PSSI's annual meeting in April.

Besoes compared PSSI's situation to that of the Indonesian Amateur Athletics Association (PASI) when chairman Bob Hassan served almost three years in Nusakambangan Prison for graft, from March 2001 to February 2004, adding that PASI had continued to exist and perform its duties while its chairman was in jail.

Asked whether the incarceration of the chairman would ruin the image of the PSSI, Besoes said: "There is no need to worry about it. The image of the state is already bad, after all."

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#61661 - 21 Sep 07 03:06 Re: Prison doesn't make a difference [Re: Magpie]
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Nurdin in prison, quits House post

The Jakarta Post Jakarta

Graft convict Nurdin Halid, who was arrested in Jakarta early Tuesday and jailed later in the day, has quit his new legislative post representing the Golkar Party.

Nurdin Halid wrote his letter of resignation from the prison, saying he remained loyal to the party and resigned from the House knowing he would not be able to carry out his duties as a legislator," said Muladi, Golkar's deputy chief on legal affairs.

Golkar leaders who met at party chief and Vice President Jusuf Kalla's official residence unanimously accepted Nurdin's resignation, Muladi said, as quoted by detik.com last night.

Nurdin, who has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption, was arrested in Menteng, Central Jakarta, although his lawyers said he voluntarily handed himself in.

"We took him to Salemba jail because that was the closest," the Attorney General's Office's Legal Information Division head, Thomson Siagian, told reporters.

He said the office had set up two teams to track Nurdin's location after he failed to report to the South Jakarta Prosecutor's Office as required on Monday.

The team that managed to find Nurdin was led by Jakarta Provincial Prosecutors Office intelligence assistant Adi Togarisman.

The Supreme Court ruled last Thursday that the newly appointed legislator was to serve two years in prison and pay a fine of Rp 30 million (US$3,198) after finding him guilty in a corruption case related to the misuse of palm oil distribution funds at the State Logistics Agency in 1998.

The Supreme Court verdict overturned rulings from the South Jakarta District and the Jakarta Provincial Courts that had acquitted Nurdin.

Andi Irianto, one of his lawyers, denied that Nurdin had been arrested, saying that Nurdin had decided to meet prosecutors in front of Salemba Prison before turning himself in.

"It is not true if the prosecutors say that they arrested Nurdin, because I was with him at the time and I noticed that there was no arrest made," Andi told The Jakarta Post.

He also objected to some media reports that said Nurdin had tried to leave the city to avoid prison.

"He has always been in Jakarta, and was not preparing to escape the verdict. He simply postponed going to the prosecutors' office because he had not yet received a copy of the Supreme Court ruling. He wanted to read it first," the lawyer said.

The Supreme Court's sentence was issued a day after Nurdin was installed as a member of the House of Representatives, replacing Andi Mattalatta, who is now serving as justice and human rights minister.

Golkar officials said they were surprised by the Supreme Court ruling.

Besides the palm oil case, there are several other cases believed to involve Nurdin, who is also chairman of the National Soccer Association, including graft at the Clove Marketing and Buffer Stock Agency.
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#61662 - 21 Sep 07 05:11 Re: Prison doesn't make a difference [Re: Magpie]
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"There is no need to worry about it. The image of the state is already bad, after all."

Brilliant!
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#61687 - 21 Sep 07 08:38 Re: Prison doesn't make a difference [Re: Dilli]
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Yeah we all saw that quote in the office and thought it one for the archives
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