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Indonesia anti-graft chief arrested by police as suspect in murder

Posted by Hari Saryono on 13 May 2009

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s top graft-buster, Antasari Azhar, was arrested after being named as a suspect in the murder of a businessman after he was questioned for several hours on Monday at Jakarta’s police headquarters.

“Today he was interviewed as a witness and after the end of that interrogation, based on strong evidence, he will be interrogated (in this investigation) as a suspect,” Wahyono, Jakarta’s police chief, told a news conference.

The scandal has dealt a blow to the reputation of the Corruption Eradication Agency, or KPK, which has been at the forefront of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s efforts to crack down on graft and attract foreign investment.

“The public believed in the KPK as an institution, in their integrity. But now they see that one of their leaders is involved in this kind of case, that could change,” said Adnan Topan Husodo, a member of Indonesia Corruption Watch.

“To rebuild public trust, the KPK needs to continue with the big cases that are still ongoing. The KPK has no choice but to improve their performance.”

But Husodo said Azhar’s case probably would not affect Yudhoyono, who is seeking re-election in July.

The KPK, which has investigated dozens of officials including politicians and central bankers for corruption, has been quick to stress it will continue its work without Azhar.

“KPK is an organisation that does not rely on one person,” said Haryono Umar, a KPK deputy for corruption prevention.

Azhar’s alleged involvement in the murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, a director of state-owned pharmaceutical firm Putra Rajawali Banjaran, has dominated the news in Indonesia because of its combination of alleged murder, corruption, and sex.

Local media have reported that the two men were both involved with a 22-year-old female golf caddy. The police said on Monday other suspects in the case include a senior police official.

Azhar’s lawyers said they hope his arrest would be deferred.

Zulkarnaen, who had been a witness in a corruption case investigated by the agency, was killed by two gunmen in March.

At a packed media conference, Jakarta’s police chief showed reporters the pistol which was used to kill Nasrudin, and other evidence including two motorcycles, one used by the gunmen and another one bought by the killers once they had been paid.

But police declined to comment on details of the case.

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Chelsea Lost Threaten Referee Life

Posted by Hari Saryono on 10 May 2009

The performance of Tom Henning Ovrebo at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night was nothing new to Norwegian football fans.

They chant ‘Mer hur enn hyerne’ – you have more hair than brains – at the bald official whenever he makes a mistake which, if you speak to any of them, appears to be fairly regularly.

Tom Henning Ovrebo

Still asleep: Tom Henning Ovrebo naps on the plane to Oslo yesterday after his dozy display at Stamford Bridge enraged Chelsea players.

Dressed in a pair of jeans, some rugged mountain boots and a scruffy T-shirt that, much like his officating, had seen better days, the man with all the answers to all of Chelsea’s questions flew home on flight SK804 from Heathrow to Oslo yesterday morning.

It had been some night. Bundled into the back of a silver Mercedes outside Stamford Bridge two hours after Andres Iniesta’s magnificent strike sent Barcelona into the final on May 27, he was whisked away to a safe-house instead of his room, 403, at a plush retreat in London’s Holland Park.

UEFA changed his flight, fearing a gang of Chelsea supporters would ambush him before he boarded the 7.20am from Heathrow.

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Miss Carolina was selected as Miss USA 2009

Posted by Hari Saryono on 20 April 2009

LAS VEGAS – Miss North Carolina USA Kristen Dalton was crowned Miss USA 2009 on Sunday, beating out 50 other beauty queens in the live pageant televised from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The 22-year-old aspiring motivational speaker and entertainer from Wilmington edged out first runner-up Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, of San Diego, and second runner-up Miss Arizona USA Alicia-Monique Blanco, of Phoenix.

“It feels really natural,” Dalton said of her win. “I’ve worked so be here and this has been my lifelong dream and it’s finally here. And whoever knew you could win in a turquoise gown?”

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Pirate Bay founders defy year’s jail sentence and order to pay £2.5 million

Posted by Hari Saryono on 19 April 2009

News8_0 Four men behind a file-sharing website that has hundreds of thousands of British users were sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay £2.5 million in damages yesterday for helping internet users to download music, films and computer games.

In a big victory for the entertainment industries, Fredrik Neij, 30, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 24, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, 30, and Carl Lundström, 49, were found guilty of breaching copyright law in Sweden, where The Pirate Bay site was founded.

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What They Say about Susan Boyle

Posted by Hari Saryono on 18 April 2009

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