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Since joining Tempo in 2005, Mustafa Silalahi reports on criminal, legal issues, and a number of investigative projects.
The North Sumatera University’s communication science graduate was honoured with a number of investigative awards such as the Adiwarta 2012, Adinegoro 2013, and the 2016-2017 anti-corruption journalistic award.
In 2019, oil palm tycoon Sukanto Tanto purchased the Ludwigstraβe 21 building in Munich, Germany, for Rp6 trillion. The purchase, which went unrecorded by the Financial Reports and Analysis Center, is believed to have been made through a shell corporation affiliated with Sukanto’s Royal Golden Eagle Group. This report is a collaborative effort by Tempo, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), and Süddeutsche Zeitung daily.
The sugarcane plantation owned by Djarum and Wings Indonesia is being accused of damaging and shutting off access to a location where followers of the Marapu conduct rituals in East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara. Despite repeated reminders from a number of institutions, the regional government and company were unmoved. Local residents accuse the company of misrepresenting a traditional offering of money as compensation for land use. This coverage was done through collaboration of Tempo and Tempo Institute.
It is estimated that about a million songbirds from Sumatra, including some protected species, have been smuggled off the island over the past year. The lucrative nature of this business threatens the populations of a number of bird species as well as the balance of the ecosystem. It is suspected that this smuggling involves authorities from a number of institutions. Tempo made this report in cooperation with Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.
Joko Soegiarto Tjandra’s bribery implicates two generals and a businessman close to National Police’s top brass. National Police Criminal Investigation Division Chief Comsr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo’s name is also being mentioned. The case is heating up approaching the contest for National Police chief.
Two members of the Police Mobile Brigade Gegana Squad were named suspects in the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission investigator, Novel Baswedan. Despite the still obscure facts surrounding the discovery, the police are certain they have caught the people responsible.