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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. 


First Insp. Umbaran Wibowo
Blora Police Doc.
Several people, whose family members or relatives are among the victims, await the identification process at the Saiful Anwar General Hospital, Malang, East Java, October 2.
Tempo/STR/ Rizki Dwi Putra
A relative holds a photo of the late Brig. Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat during the funeral after the second autopsy at Sungai Bahar, Muarojambi, Jambi, July 27.
ANTARA FOTO/Wahdi Septiawan
Stopping Political Dynasties
Ludwigstrasse 21 Building in Munich, Germany, January 16, 2021. 
Friedrich Bungert/Süddeutsche Zeitung

The Eagle in Munich

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.

Cover Story Edisi : Monday, 8 February 2021

The location of Sari Club which was destroyed in the first Bali bombing, October 15./TEMPO/Made Argawa
Officials examine the upper foundation layer of the Mandalika International Street Circuit at the Mandalika Special Economic Zone, Praya, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, last August./ANTARA/Ahmad Subaidi
The Marapu community must take down the barrier to go to their Katuada Njara Yuara Ahu ritual site in August./TEMPO/Budiarti Utami Putri

Extracting Sweets from the Marapu

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.

Law Edisi : Monday, 28 September 2020

Smuggled birds confiscated by law officers at the Merak Port, Banten, July 2019. / Flight Protecting Indonesia’s Bird

Songbirds in Boxes

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.

Law Edisi : Monday, 7 September 2020

Songbird Smuggler, Diah Bayu/TEMPO/Mustafa Silalahi
Stacks of boxes filled with smuggled birds which were confiscated by law officers in a raid assisted by Flight, November 10. / Flight Protecting Indonesia’s Bird
Joko Tjandra, after being arrested in Malaysia, arrived at the National Police Criminal Investigation Division, Jakarta, July 30./TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

The False Note of an Old Classmate

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.

Cover Story Edisi : Monday, 24 August 2020

A volunteer checks the health of a dog at Animal Defenders Indonesia shelter in Parung, Bogor, West Java, August 6./Tempo/Nurdiansah
John Kei (center) at the Jakarta Metro Police Headquarters, June 22./TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat

Family Feuds

The conflict between John Kei and Nus Kei is allegedly about the security fee of a disputed land for a hospital in Ambon, Maluku. Guarding plots of land is still a favorite job for thugs from the eastern parts of Indonesia.

Law Edisi : Monday, 3 August 2020

A screen capture from the video of a confession of a rape victim./special photo
Nusaina Agro Kobi Manise’s oil plam plantation in Seram Utara Timur Kobi subdistrict, Central Maluku, Maluku, June 26./M. Jaya Barends
Nurhadi Abdurrachman wears the orange inmate vest after questioning at the4 Corruption Eradication Commission building, Jakarta, June 2./TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

The Unlucky 13th Hideout

Former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi Abdurrachman, who had been a fugitive since last February, was finally tracked down through his wife. He moved around to 13 locations and is suspected of having been guarded by police personnel.

Law Edisi : Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Personal protective equipment factory in Bandung, West Java, April 12./ANTARA/Raisan Al Farisi
Installation of the radiation data monitoring system at the State Palace complex, Jakarta, September 2016./
Officers from the National Nuclear Energy Agency and Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency conduct decontamination procedures at the land which is exposed to radiation of radioactive substance in the Batan Indah Hosing Complex, Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, February 18. TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

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