Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Goff Assists Indonesian Corruption Investigations

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade today sent information about the former Soeharto family interests in New Zealand to the Indonesian Attorney General Marzuki Darusman.

"The known assets formerly held in New Zealand by members of the Soeharto family are small in relation to the estimated $US8 billion thought to have been pocketed by Soeharto family members and associates.

"However, handing over what we know about Soeharto holdings in New Zealand may assist the Indonesian authorities to bring to account those responsible," said Mr Goff.

"The need to bring those people to justice is an important step in eliminating the almost endemic corruption in the country. This was a recurring theme mentioned by senior ministers during my visit to Indonesia last week. President Wahid himself listed corruption as Indonesia's most critical problem when I met with him."

The material Mr Goff made available includes information on the Lilybank Station previously owned by Tommy Soeharto and two holiday homes near Queenstown previously owned by former President Soeharto's daughter, Siti Hediyanti Haryadi. The evidence suggests that these assets are no longer in the ownership of the Soeharto family.

"I gave Attorney General Darusman my undertaking to assist further in whatever way we could, Mr Goff said. Indonesia faces enormous problems but this government, the first democratically elected since 1955, has made genuine efforts to implement reform. We should support wherever we can.

"This material may help Indonesia better establish whether the money to purchase these assets was obtained legally. If the Indonesian authorities believe a crime has been committed, we will look into the matter under New Zealand's Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act," said Mr Goff.

"Under the Act, Indonesia can request New Zealand to assist by certifying that an investigation or prosecution has begun so long as the offence being investigated is punishable under Indonesian law by imprisonment for a term of five years or more.

"New Zealand assistance could include obtaining evidence or documents and arranging for people to give evidence or assist investigations. The law enables New Zealand to locate and confiscate or forfeit tainted property, to restrain dealings in property or to freeze assets.

"The material I have sent to Attorney General Darusman enables him to make a decision on whether formally to request New Zealand assistance in this regard," said Mr Goff.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election