The Indonesian Update Volume V No. 12 April 2011 (English)

Indication of the involvement of some penitentiary officials has been proven. The arrests the Head of the Special Narcotics Penitentiary of Nusakambangan, Marwan Adli, two employees of the penitentiary, and a convict named Hartoni have proven the indication. The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested them for allegedly maintaining illegal network of prison drug dealers and international drug dealers. (Kompas, March 9, 2011).

Before the Marwan case was revealed by the BNN, in 2010 BNN also arrested Surya Bahadur Tamang, the alleged illegal drug dealer who allegedly controlled of trade at the Special Narcotics Penitentiary of Nusakambangan. Last February, BNN also arrested Yoyok, an inmate from the Besi Penitentiary, Nusakambangan.

Learning from the series of events, the Minister of Justice and Human rights, Patrialis Akbar, should not miss some details again. Working closely with BNN, the Ministry must soon make a breakthrough such as intensive checking of all narcotics prison officials, not only in Nusakambangan, but in all narcotics prisons in this country.

This edition the Indonesian Update also raises some important topics in several fields. on politics, it talks about the Fifth Amendment and the momentum to strengthen the presidential system and about the Wikileaks and SBY moral deligitimation. on social affairs, it discusses the Bill on Social Conflict handling and the look at the national education system. Another theme is the lessons learned from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan for disaster preparedness in Indonesia.

The regular publication of the Indonesian Update with its actual themes is expected to help policy makers in the government and the business sector, academicians, and international think tanks get actual information and contextual analyses on economic, political, social, and cultural developments in Indonesia.

Happy reading!

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