Thursday, September 17, 2009
The second death of Marriot 'bomber' Noordin Top and a scandal at Century Bank.
On 8 August 2009, Noordin Top was declared dead
On 17 September 2009, the Indonesian police claimed that they had again killed Noordin Top. (Noordin M Top Killed, Says Indonesian Police Chief)
Noordin Top is the top suspect in the 17 July 2009 attacks at the JW Marriot and Ritz Carlton hotels in Jakarta.
Jaleswary Pramudhawardani, a military expert from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, said "Police and Densus 88 should not have shot them (the terror suspects) because capturing them alive would have been more useful for the investigation process to unravel the whole terrorism network." (Indonesia's Largest Muslim Organization Labels Terrorism Raid 'Inappropriate')
The second killing of Noordin Top has taken place at a time when the Indonesian government needs a distraction.
The Indonesian government is in difficulty regarding several issues such as the Century Bank bail out and two controversial bills, namely the Anti-Corruption Court Bill and the State Secrecy Bill.
"The possibility that it was meant as a distraction from certain issues will always exist, but I don’t want to speculate," said Jaleswary.
Former Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid was saying in 2005 of the Bali bombings:“The orders to do this or that came from within our armed forces… There is not a single Islamic group … that is not controlled by (Indonesian) intelligence.” (NOORDIN TOP WORKS FOR THE SECURITY SERVICES?)
On 17 September 2009, Asia Times reported that a Bank bailout scandal rocks Indonesia
In 2008, Indonesia's Century Bank got into difficulty, becoming insolvent.
Indonesia's President Yudhoyono and his team gave Century Bank a large amount of cash, four times the amount approved by parliament.
Century Bank has since been hit by an embezzlement scandal.
A top executive allegedly skimmed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bank assets into a personal account.
There have been accusations that there was a behind-the-scenes collusion agreement for the government to pump enough cash into the bank so that politically connected depositors could recover their money before anyone else.
Century Bank's major shareholder Robert Tantular was under investigation for embezzlement at the same time the government released its first lot of rescue money.
Tantular is alleged to have stolen nearly US $ 1 billion.