Tempo English Weekly

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The 'Reality Show' Trial

JESSICA Kumala Wongso was sentenced to 20 years in prison for poisoning her friend. In a controversial development in a case that gripped the nation, the Central Jakarta Court on Thursday last week, declared Jessica Kumala Wongso guilty of premeditated murder. Jessica may have indeed plotted and killed her friend, Mirna Salihin, but many saw the controversial verdict based solely on circumstantial evidence.

There were at least two…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Plundering Parliamentarians

I swear to God, swear to God," said Setya Novanto when he was asked if it was true there was Rp150 billion for the Golkar Party's coffers from money embezzled out of the e-KTP (electronic ID cards) in 2011. Without denying or confirming it, he held up his index and middle fingers to form a 'victory' sign.

Setya Novanto demonstrated this oath to Tempo editors when he visited this magazine's office on Wednesday last week, a day before the prosecution read the criminal charges filed in the massive corruption case surrounding the e-KTP project at the Jakarta Corruption Court.