Determined to keep abreast of affairs throughout the country, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyon has installed a 'situation room' at the Presidential Palace. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Govt set to clean up `messy' tax tribunal system

Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 04/26/2010 12:11 PM

The recent judicial corruption case involving tax officer Gayus Tambunan has drawn public attention to the tax tribunal system, especially following the publication of data showing that the court often rules in favor of tax payers who appeal.

Legal expert and former Constitutional Court chairman, Jimly Asshiddiqie, said the tax tribunal had many loopholes but it was only a small part of the country's messy judicial system.

"All of the special courts, like the tax tribunal, are a mess. Let's reform the whole system instead of doing it partially," he told The Jakarta Post over the weekend.

Gayus's case has snowballed, bringing down officials at the tax office, the Attorney General's Office and district court with him.

Five prosecutors involved in Gayus's case are scheduled to be questioned by National Police on Monday.

Indonesia's judicial system currently adopts nine special courts: the commercial court, the tax tribunal, the state administrative court, the human rights court, the corruption court, the labor court, the juvenile court, the fisheries court and the religious court.

Jimly said the special courts were initially separated for efficiency but the goal had never been reached, and added the separation should be evaluated.

"Has it succeeded to bring better judicial system, or given more room to abuse the system?" Jimly said.

The tax tribunal is under the Finance Ministry instead of the general judicial system. Consequently, it is not subject to the Supreme Court's and the Judicial Commission's supervision.

Chief justice Harifin Tumpa has said the tax tribunal law was inconsistent with the judicial jurisdiction law and therefore it had become the subject of controversy.

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono has said the tax tribunal, with loose supervision, could be used as an "arena of collusion".

The Judicial Mafia Taskforce responded to Yudhoyono's statement by meeting with the Judicial Commission last week on the issue.

Taskforce member Mas Achmad Santosa said one way to reform the tax tribunal would be to give the Judicial Commission the authority to supervise tax judges.

"In the next few days, we will meet with all stakeholders, including the taskforce, the Supreme Court, the Judicial Commission, the Finance Ministry, House of Representatives' Commission III on law and human rights, and the Taxation Committee," Mas Achmad said.

Judicial Commission chairman Busyro Muqoddas welcomed the plan.

"The tax tribunal system has been abused by high-ranking tax officers. We must do something," he said.

Director General of Taxation at the Finance Ministry Tjiptardjo admitted the tax tribunal is one of the facets exploited for collusion that is spiralling out of control, as seen in the recent case of tax official Gayus.

Gayus worked at the directorate of objection and appeal, allegedly brokering deals with the tax tribunal.

"As it becomes increasingly difficult to fool the system, corrupt officials are turning to the tax tribunal to continue their illegal practices," Tjiptardjo said.

The House's Commission III, meanwhile, is gearing up to revise the Judicial Commission law.

Commission member Gayus Lumbuun of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle confirmed one item on the agenda would be the expansion of the Judicial Commission's authority to supervise tax judges.

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