Quote of the day (before today)
"I am not a racist. And I don't even have to defend myself from such an accusation. My business partners, the Gold brothers, are Jewish, my solicitor is Jewish, my accountant is Indian and one of my best friends is black."
David Sullivan, the co-owner of Birmingham City Football Club who labels his colleagues according to their ethnic origin or skin colour.
Munir investigation ahoy
So the House of Representatives agreed during a plenary meeting yesterday to press the government to establish an independent team, under the President's supervision, to assist an investigative team formed by the National Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs into the death of Munir.
The House also called on the government to hand over a copy of Munir's autopsy report to his family.
What mystifies me is why the Dutch government will only deal with the Indonesian government whereas the autopsy report into the recent death of Yasser Arafat was handed to his wife, rather than the Palestinian Authority. Is this because the Dutch retain strong economic ties with Indonesia which they don't want jeopardised?
SBY, upon his return from the APEC-CEO Summit in Santiago did not not respond to demands from rights activists for the establishment of an independent team to probe Munir's death, but did say, "Regarding Munir's death, the Indonesian government promises to keep the investigation transparent and accountable. Those who are guilty will face sanctions."
Further to the police brutality over the opening of a waste processing facility at Bojong village, Bogor, State Minister for the Environment, Rachmat Witoelar, blamed the Jakarta and Bogor administrations for their failure to disseminate information to the residents beforehand. This corroborated a statement by the West Java governor, Danny Setiawan, who said that he had never received the environmental impact analysis for the facility, which is located in a residential area.
West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Edi Darnadi said he would facilitate a meeting between all those involved to find an amicable solution to the problem, and that he had sent internal affairs officers to question the police personnel who had been involved in the incident.
SBY has also prioritised this investigation. As always, watch this hyperspace.
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