Sat, 28 Jun 2003

JAKARTA: City police chief Insp. Gen. Makbul Padmanegara said on Friday that he had just fired a policeman for drug abuse, and nine others for desertion.

"It was based on a decision of the Police Ethics Council on Thursday," he said.

The officer found guilty of using drugs was identified as Adj. Comr. Denny, a member of the Narcotics Unit of the Jakarta police.

Makbul said that the discharge of the delinquent officers was a reflection of a commitment by the police to improve their image. However, he did not explain how legal processing of those discharged would continue. --JP

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Officer grilled over GAM flag

JAKARTA: A policeman was questioned on Friday over a separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) flag he had hanging in his living room.

Adj. Brig. Tarmuji, who works as an administrative officer for the National Police's Mobile Brigade division in Kelapa Dua, was questioned by the East Jakarta Police and released later in the day.

"He has been released as police found no wrongdoing. There is no indication that he is a supporter of the group," city police spokesman Sr. Comr. Prasetyo said.

Tarmuji said he took the flag from a GAM member following a shoot-out he was part of during his tour of duty in Aceh. --JP.

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Students say no to cars for councillors

TANGERANG: About 500 university students staged a rally at the Tangerang municipal legislative council and the administration office complex here on Friday to protest against the purchase of 45 cars by the administration for each of the councillors.

The students, grouped under the Tangerang's Students Executive Body (BEM-T), demanded that Mayor M. Thamrin immediately issue a decree to withdraw the purchase of the vehicles.

Arief Wahyudi of Muslim Student Action Union (KAMI) said the administration had just bought 45 Toyota Kijang LGX minivans worth more than Rp 150 million each to be distributed to the 45 local councillors. The councillors, who receive a Rp 12 million salary per month, will end their term within ten months.

The administration allocated a total of Rp 7.3 billion from its annual budget to purchase the cars.

The students said the money should have been used to improve the poor education and health facilities in the municipality.

They also feared that after the councillors' term ended, they would not return the cars to the administration, and keep them as their private property.

Burhan, the municipal council deputy spokesman, said it depended on the administration to decide on the status of ownership of the cars after the councillors' terms ended.

Mayor Thamrin said the councillors should return the cars after the term ends. --JP