UI Lecturer Charged With Defamation Over Blog Posts

By : Jakarta Globe | on 6:07 PM June 16, 2013
Category : News, Crime

A series of blog posts accusing University of Indonesia Student Director Kamarudin of withholding billions of rupiah worth of scholarship funds have landed author and lecturer Ade Armando in legal hot water.

Ade was charged with defamation on Saturday as the Jakarta Police investigated a complaint by Kamarudin and his attorney last March. The accused alleged that two of Ade's blog posts — "UI Student Bodies' Silence: Is It Ignorance, Cowardice or Deception?" and "UI Student Bodies Must Take Immediate Action: the Rector and His Minions Have Failed!" — implied that Kamarudin had embezzled funds.

The social and political science lecturer denied the claims.

"This [defamation charge] is merely an effort to conceal and divert people's attention from the corruption allegations happening at UI," Ade told Indonesian news portal tempo.co on Sunday.

Ade accused Kamarudin of delaying the disbursement of scholarship funds for months without explanation. He doubted the defamation charge would stick, adding that corruption was systemic at UI and that the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) investigation into an equipment procurement scandal may net additional suspects.

"[The corruption] is systemic," he said. "Tafsir's case may involve other parties."

UI Deputy Rector Tafsir Nurchamid a suspect in an IT equipment procurement corruption scandal by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

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