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Cablegate: Former Graft Buster Found Guilty of Murder

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SUBJECT: FORMER GRAFT BUSTER FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER

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2. (U) A South Jakarta court found former Corruption Eradication
Commission (KPK) Chief Antasari Azhar guilty of planning the murder
of businessman Nasrudin Zulkarnaen on February 11, sentencing him to
18 years in prison. Antasari will appeal the verdict. The court
also found former South Jakarta Police Chief Wiliardi Wizard and 7
other accomplices guilty in the much-publicized case.

3. (SBU) The KPK's credibility remains solid in spite of this
verdict. In a clear move to distance itself from Antasari, no one
from the KPK appeared at the sentencing, which was open to the
public. Antasari burned his bridges with the KPK after apparently
cooperating with police and prosecutors in efforts to frame the KPK
deputies Chandra M. Hamzah and Bibit Samad Riyanto. While Antasari
claimed he was set up by police in an effort to weaken the KPK, the
evidence presented in the case does not support this version of
events. Unlike the Bibit-Chandra case, Antasari's conviction has
not generated a significant public outcry.

4. (SBU) Meanwhile, the KPK continues to actively pursue prominent
corruption suspects. Also on February 11, the KPK arrested former
member of Parliament Dudhie Makmum from opposition party PDIP, a
close associate of senior PDIP. The KPK arrested Dudhie for
allegedly receiving a bribe in the nomination process for Bank of
Indonesia's Board of Governors. It is unclear at this time at this
time if the KPK will arrest additional suspects in this case.

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