KPK to appeal verdict clearing Banten governor’s brother of money laundering charges

first_imgKPK prosecutors indicted Wawan for accepting Rp 58 billion in bribes pertaining to health equipment procurement for hospitals in Banten and community health centers (Puskesmas) in Tangerang in the 2012 fiscal year. The bribery cases were found to have caused Rp 94.31 billion in state losses.For his crimes, the court also ordered Wawan to pay a fine of Rp 200 million (US$13,679) and Rp 58 billion in restitution. He was found guilty of violating articles 3 and 18 of the 2001 Corruption Law, which prohibit individual acts of self-gain that cause state losses.The conviction was the third for Wawan, who previously had been sentenced to seven years in prison in 2014 for his involvement in bribery pertaining to a regional election dispute in Lebak regency. Two years later, the judges gave him an additional year of prison in a separate corruption case pertaining to health equipment procurement in Banten.He is currently also on trial for allegedly bribing Wahid Husen, the former head of Sukamiskin Penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, in exchange for luxurious facilities while serving his prison time there. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to file an appeal against the sentence handed down to graft convict Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana after the Jakarta Corruption Court found him guilty of bribery but cleared him of his money laundering charges.Wawan, the younger brother of former Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, was sentenced last week by the court to four years in prison for accepting bribes related to several state projects in the province. However, the bench declared him not guilty on two money laundering charges he faced for allegedly laundering about Rp 1.9 trillion reportedly obtained from illicit activities.KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said the not guilty verdict for money laundering was the main reason for the appeal, adding that the antigraft commission felt the ruling “has not fulfilled the public’s sense of justice”. “We will elaborate on the full reasons in the appeal dossier, which we will immediately submit to the Jakarta High Court through the Central Jakarta District Court,” Ali said in a statement on Wednesday.The sentence Wawan received was lighter than the six years of prison sought by the prosecutors. Read also: Disgraced Banten governor’s younger brother convicted of corruptionDuring the verdict hearing last week, Wawan’s lawyer said he would also consider appealing the sentence.center_img Topics :last_img read more


Students selected for USC’s first human rights clinic

first_imgThe first six students to take part in the Gould School of Law’s new international human rights clinic were announced last week.Professor Hannah Garry will lead the clinic, the first of its kind at USC, to guide the students as they work with judges and legal officers on human rights prosecutions in Rwanda and Cambodia.Garry, who worked previously at the University of Colorado School of Law with students on cases involving Guantanamo prisoners, said the clinic will give students hands-on experience in law.“[The purpose is] to give students the opportunity to work on real-life cases and projects that teach them how to be human rights advocates … and international lawyers,” Garry said.Real justice – Six third-year law students were chosen to work with the human rights clinic at the Gould School of Law. – Dan Doperalski | Daily TrojanJoining her are third-year law students Trevar Kolodny, Jamie Hoffman, Aysha Pamukcu, Shannon Raj, Brian Rifkin and Seepan Parseghian.“I’ve been hoping USC would have a program like this for a long time,” Raj said.The first semester, the clinic will accept only six law students who will work in the spring. In subsequent terms, it will accept eight students who will be expected to commit to a year of work in the clinic.In the first semester, students will be working long-distance with judges and legal officers from the Rwanda tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania.“They will be working remotely with a lot of these organizations overseas that we’re partners with and using all of the technological tools that we have in our day to be able to cross the borders — like Skype, conference calls, video conferencing,” Garry said.The melding of international law with human rights advocacy was a key factor in attracting students.“I felt like my classes were very interesting, but they didn’t always speak to each other,” Pamukcu said. “That interdisciplinary aspect that I was really hungry for had finally presented itself in the form of the clinic.”Pamukcu’s interest in human rights law was born in high school, as a reporter. Writing about issues such as teen relationship abuse, she said she felt a desire to go beyond just writing about them.“I realized I was getting frustrated just reading about it and that I wanted to actually be involved and helping out,” she said.Parseghian said he was exposed to the horrific effects of human rights abuses from a very young age. His grandparents from both sides were survivors of widespread killings in Armenia and eventually settled in Iraq, where his parents were born.“I was very familiar at a very early age about what the greatest forms of human rights abuses could be and what human beings are very capable of doing to one another,” Parseghian said.Though the clinic is open only to law students — with priority being given to second- and third-year students — Garry sees the clinic assuming a broader role on campus.“I do perceive the clinic … providing a focal point for a real innovative kind of thinking about human rights problems of our day and how to come up with good solutions for tackling them,” she said.Garry said she hopes the clinic will allow students to work on cases and projects concerning persecution, torture, human trafficking, genocide and other crimes against humanity.Part of the challenge, Garry said, is picking and choosing which cases to work on.“I have been networking with partner organizations overseas and also here in L.A.,” she said. “I really want for the clinic to focus on local human rights issues as well. There’s just so much to get involved with.”Garry said she hopes that the program will eventually evolve to allow students to travel abroad to places such as Arusha and work hand-in-hand with judges in the second semester of their service at the clinic.“What I’m working on developing right now is a kind of partner support fund that would allow our students and myself to go onsite as partners, to go overseas after working long-distance remotely,” she said.last_img read more


Under the Radar at UFC Saint Petersburg: Michal Oleksiejczuk

first_imgIf he can keep it standing and dictate the terms of the fight, then Oleksiejczuk has real chance to run his unbeaten streak to an even dozen, which, as I’ve said frequently, is the kind of thing that doesn’t just happen by accident, no matter whom you’re fighting or where.Light heavyweight isn’t a barren wasteland.There are emerging talents in the 205-pound ranks you should be paying close attention to and Oleksiejczuk is one of them. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearEveryone pretends like there are no emerging talents climbing the ranks in the division because they don’t measure up to the greatness of Jon Jones or would stand as considerable underdogs against Alexander Gustafsson, as if measuring the quality of a division comes down exclusively to how everyone would do against arguably the greatest fighter of all time and a perennial contender who has only ever lost to elite talent.Everything is measured in absolutes — you’re either the best or a bum — and anyone who resides in the vast expanses between those two extremes has to do something dramatic in order to garner even a modicum of attention.Which is sad, because that’s how emerging talents get overlooked and end up sneaking up on all the people who constantly shout about wanting to know more about fighters, but refuse to do the work to familiarize themselves with anyone who isn’t already a big name or carrying a ton of buzz.Michal Oleksiejczuk is one of those low-key up-and-comers that people should be paying attention to but aren’t because he competes at light heavyweight and they’ve heard for years how terrible the division is as a whole.Last time out, the 24-year-old fighter from Barki, Poland, needed just 94 seconds to dispatch Gian Villante.Strip away the division and think about that from a different perspective for a second: a 24-year-old making his sophomore appearance in the Octagon crushed a 28-fight veteran in one minute and 34 seconds, finishing him with a nasty body shot.Folks have gotten far more excited about far less when it comes to buzzy prospects that everyone likes or charismatic Brazilians who break-dance after their victories, but when Oleksiejczyuk does it, no one seems to bat an eye and it makes zero sense to me.Now, the young light heavyweight “Lord” didn’t do himself any favors by getting popped for a banned substance following his UFC debut — a short-notice, unanimous decision win over Rountree at UFC 219 — but there are numerous other athletes who have been flagged and suspended who returned to being prospects everyone should follow once they did their penance. Oleksiejczuk should be afforded the same opportunity.Villante is no world-beater, but he’s a tough out who has been in the UFC for five years, amassing a 7-7 record prior to their matchup in February. Through those 14 Octagon appearances, no one had beaten the Long Island native that quickly or decisively — not Shogun Rua, not Ilir Latifi, not Corey Anderson, not Ovince Saint Preux.Oleksiejczuk did, and that’s not only worth noting, but also the kind of thing that should make you want to see what he does for an encore this weekend when he takes on Gadzhimurad Antigulov in Saint Petersburg.Prior to his last fight, Antigulov was one of those “let’s see what we’ve got here” guys in the light heavyweight division — a strong grappler who earned first-round finishes in his first two UFC appearances. Then he started fast and flamed out hard against Ion Cutelaba, who is another guy worth paying attention to in the light heavyweight division, and now he’s looking to rebound in the second bout of the Saturday morning fight card from Yubileyney Sports Palace.Don’t think this is just me cheerleading for a guy who helps make one of my longstanding arguments seem a little more valid, either.Yes, I’ve been riding for the light heavyweight ranks to get some more respect for a while, but there are also performance-based reasons why I think Oleksiejczuk is someone fight fans should be paying attention to this weekend and going forward.In his fights with Rountree and Villante, the Polish newcomer showed smooth striking skills and solid footwork, working his way inside to land his attacks and retreat without catching much fire in return. Though he was more of a “stick and move” fighter against Rountree, who brandishes big power, he pressed forward and attacked Villante without pause and buckled him with a beautiful body shot.Sound fundamentals and precision striking aren’t as eye-catching as wild spinning attacks and haymakers that make hay, but having those basics in place at this young age, this early into his career bodes well for Oleksiejczuk and should acquit him nicely as he continues to make his way up the divisional ladder.Antigulov is going to want to close the distance and turn this into a grappling match, which means we should get a chance to see what kind of takedown defense and scrambling skills the 24-year-old has this weekend. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle.Name: Michal OleksiejczukRecord: 13-2-0-1 overall; 1-0-0-1 UFCDivision: Light heavyweightTeam: GKS Gornik Leczna MMAComing out of UFC 236 last weekend, one of the main takeaways for me after seeing Khalil Rountree Jr. dominate Eryk Anders and remind everyone that he’s someone to keep tabs on in the light heavyweight division was that the constant complaining about how shallow and low-quality the 205-pound weight class is at the moment needs to stop.last_img read more