Alas Akbar! Anti-Jew Judge Patrialis In Deep Doody?
It’s been at least a couple of years since Patrialis Akbar provided thrill-seekers in Jakarta – or at least here on my blog – with any entertainment…
….but, back in the day, the fanatic Islamist was a true joy to report on, as this old link of ours illustrates..
Yet as our photo surely confirms, Akbar was a man of such noble mien that nobody was much surprised when he was elevated to the august benches of the Constitutional Court.
Indonesia’s then President SBY made it VERY clear that this noisy extremist was the man he wanted..
….and of course the President got his way!
Certainly there was nowhere near as much surprise about that…
…as there was when Akbar the Bold was inexplicably appointed a few years earlier to the position of Human Rights Minister!
Here’s part of the reason for surprise at that appointment.
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.
Now, alas, poor Mr. Patrialis may have to appear in court, not as a judge, and not even on belated charges of having stormed National Police headquarters, but in connection with MONEY!
To make it all the more interesting, the arrest is said to have been made at a West Jakarta hotel. This probably doesn’t mean any hotel in the actual western part of the city.
Jakarta at night
Jakarta’s official maps portray much of the north/central part of the capital as ‘West,’ and much of the accommodation there is of the fun variety.
I like Jakarta hotel stories with politicians in them.Fish and Chips in Jakarta! A Veritable Grail-Quest! –read that link all the way through!
We’ll keep an eye on this.