Monday, January 10, 2011
A Crime Suspect sworn in as Mayor
The ceremony took place at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Jakarta, because since September Rumajar has been detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as Suspect in a Corruption case that is now being tried at a Court in Jakarta.
After the ceremony, Rumajar, member of the Golkar Party, returned to jail to induct 28 officials of the town of Tomohon, North Sulawesi.
Rumajar told reporters that although he will be in jail until the Court determine his legal status, however there will not be any problem because Deputy Mayor Jimmy Eman who will serve as Acting Mayor.
Meanwhile, Governor of North Sulawesi Sarundayang said that Rumajar will be suspended from his position as Mayor and Jimmy Eman shall become Acting Mayor. He also said that the induction of 28 officials by Rumajar was not legitimate.
The induction of a crime suspect is possible based on the Chief of Region Law 20044 which adopted the concept of Presumption of Innocent i.e a person is assumed innocent until there is a final court verdict which determine otherwise.
In this case, Rumajar's position as Mayor will be determined after there is a final Court Verdict. If he is found guilty, his position shall be canceled, otherwise he would be be an effective Mayor.
The above shows that the sworn in of a Crime Suspect to serve as a Mayor has created uncertainty on who will lead the town, therefore should be avoided. For which purpose, I hope that Crime Suspects should not be allowed to participate as candidate in elections.
For details on the above, please read the following articles ::
- Graft Suspect Made Mayor in North Sulawesi (The Jakarta Globe)
- Graft-suspect incumbent sworn in as Tomohon Mayor (The Jakarta Post)
- Walikota Tomohon Dinonaktifkan (Metrotv)
Photo: Courtesy of Media Palu