Just heard Prabowo in ferocious form, rejecting today’s outcome of the national vote, despite the KPU (Election Commission)’s clear stance that the result is in order.
- So off we go to the Constitutional Court?
An opinion poll in the Jakarta Post shows that a minority of respondents don’t feel confident of an impartial decision from that august body. What we need to ask is why?
And that requires us to look at who serves on it.
- One of the most recent appointments is Patrialis Akbar.
He used to enliven our pages with his absurd and offensive outburts, the absurd exemplified by a rant against ‘half-naked tourists’ roaming Jakarta’s markets…
…the most offensive when he urged that the threat to Indonesia from jihadist terror gangs could be tackled by sending all those scumbags off to the Middle East, where they could occupy themselves by bombing Jews.
- He was not fired, after he weaseled around those shameful words for a while, but how come he was ever elevated to ministerial rank?
- Don’t forget his conduct prior to becoming a Cabinet Minister, back when he was a rank-and-file legislator for the PAN party (which of course is the party of Prabowo’s running-mate.
Back in 2005, Patrialis was one of a mob of fanatic law-makers who ran amok, storming Police HQ.
Because he wanted a detained man named Abu Jibril turned loose.
And who’s Jibril? The US State Department said in 2003 that Abu Jibril was Jamaah Islamiyah’s (JI) primary recruiter and second-in-command after firebrand cleric Abubakar Ba’asyir…
… he was arrested by the Malaysian government, which held him from 2001 and 2004 under the country’s Internal Security Act for promoting radicalism…a small explosion in front of Jibril’s house in another part of Pamulang in mid-2005 that recalled much of Jibril’s past. The police claimed the device was similar to those used in sectarian conflicts in Poso between 1998 and 2000. They raided his house but laid no charges.
- It was later revealed the police were hesitant to file the charges after pressure from politicians from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the National Mandate Party (PAN). PAN lawmaker Patrialis Akbar, now the justice and human rights minister, was among the lawmakers who stormed National Police headquarters demanding they drop all charges against Jibril.
And now Akbar is a Constitutional Court Justice, whose appointment received eager support from President SBY.
We must all look forward to his intelligent input into this new challenge. At least he’s only one of the judges who will decide this issue if it goes to court.