WhatsApp thread ‘implicates’ KPU chair in Saeful Bahri bribery trial

first_imgThe KPU arrested Saeful and Wahyu as suspects in the case on Jan. 8,  the date of the meeting as well as the WhatsApp thread.“’Last night, we met with Wahyu. There’s Mas [Mr.] Arief too’,” Takdir read out the thread in court. “’Wahyu is still lobbying [for the replacement]. The letter has been issued but the process is still ongoing.’”The prosecution alleged that “Arief” referred to the KPU chairman. It continued that in the WhatsApp thread on Jan. 8, Saeful also told Hasto that he was on his way to the PDI-P central executive board in Central Jakarta to explain his messages to the secretary-general in person.Read also: Bribery scandal litmus test for antigraft bodyHasto, who testified as a witness during Thursday’s hearing, initially denied that he had exchanged the messages with Saeful. However, he changed his statement after Takdir read out the investigation report.“I didn’t pay any attention [to the messages] due to the defendant’s arrest. I also do not understand what the messages mean,” Hasto told the courtroom.The KPK indicted Saeful despite the absence of key witness Harun, who remains at large. The antigraft body has not made any significant progress in locating him.Saeful, who once worked under Hasto, is alleged to have coordinated with fellow PDI-P politician Harun Masiku to bribe Wahyu and former Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) member Agustiani Tio Fridelina. The bribe was intended to secure Wahyu’s approval for Harun to fill the House of Representatives seat that was left vacant upon legislator Nazaruddin Kiemas’s unexpected passing.The indictment accuses Saeful of acting as an intermediary for Harun in giving Wahyu and Agustiani a combined sum of S$57,350, or Rp 600 million (US$38,265). (mfp)Topics : “I went home directly after the meeting and didn’t go anywhere else,” Arief said as quoted by tempo.co on Monday.Arief’s name was dragged into the case during the hearing last Thursday in the trial of Saeful Bahri, who has been indicted for bribing Wahyu. Read also: KPK indicts PDI-P member in bribery case while key suspect remains at largeAt Thursday’s hearing, KPK prosecutors presented as evidence a WhatsApp thread dated Jan. 8 between Saeful and PDI-P secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto. KPK prosecutor Takdir Suhan said that in the thread, Saeful told Hasto that someone named “Arief” was also present at his meeting with Wahyu. General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Arief Budiman has been dragged into a bribery case pertaining to the replacement of a deceased lawmaker that has already embroiled KPU commissioner Wahyu Setiawan as a suspect.Arief’s alleged involvement emerged at a hearing on April 16, when prosecutors of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) revealed evidence in the ongoing graft trial against Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Saeful Bahri.However, Arief immediately dismissed the allegation, saying that he did not attend the meeting in question, but another meeting with the KPU.last_img read more

Gatlin looks forward to final showdown with Bolt

first_imgAMERICAN sprint star Justin Gatlin admits he is looking forward to one last showdown with world’s fastest man Usain Bolt at this summer’s London World Championships.The meet is expected to be the last major championship of the decorated 30-year-old Bolt, who has announced that he will be retiring from the sport at the end of this season.The 35-year-old Gatlin, who has been Bolt’s closest rival for the last several seasons, ensured that he is on course to at least remain a part of the spectacle following a 100m win at United States Trials on Saturday.The sprinter clocked 9.95 seconds to claim the top spot, in the process getting the better of young collegiate star Christian Coleman (9.98) the pre-race favourite for many heading into the final.Now on the horizon for Gatlin, who finished second behind Bolt at the 2013 and 2015 Worlds and 2016 Olympics, is another chance to test the mettle of the Jamaican.“It’s going to be a changing of an era,” Gatlin told Reuters. “We are going to be looking at a person who came along and made his mark and who has not only excited the crowds but he has made history over and over.”“I always wanted to battle with the guys with the records,” the American said.“When I came back into the sport, my goal was to be…I said to myself ‘I just want to be shoulder to shoulder with him’,” Gatlin told reporters at the U.S. nationals/world trials.“It was just total respect for how fast he is, the competition he brings.”last_img read more

MLB All-Star voting results 2019: Full AL and NL rosters, selections, starters, snubs

first_imgMORE: Sign up for DAZN to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound showAs usual, All-Star voting is part popularity contest, part reflection of the first half’s top performers. For all of the criticism the ballots receive each year, though, the game usually presents a fairly accurate snapshot of the league.All-Star pitchers and reserves will be announced Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. ET.MLB All-Star rosters | Futures Game roster | Celebrity softball game rosterMLB All-Star voting results: American League rosterAlex Cora (Red Sox) will manage the AL team.StartersPos.PlayerTeamCGary SanchezYankees1BCarlos SantanaIndians2BDJ LeMahieuYankeesSSJorge PolancoTwins3BAlex BregmanAstrosOFMike TroutAngelsOFGeorge SpringerAstrosOFMichael BrantleyAstrosDHJ.D. MartinezRed SoxReservesPos.PlayerTeamCJames McCannWhite SoxIFMatt ChapmanA’sIFGleyber Torres**YankeesIFJose AbreuWhite SoxIFFrancisco LindorIndiansIFXander Bogaerts*Red SoxIFDaniel VogelbachMarinersOFMookie BettsRed SoxOFAustin MeadowsRaysOFWhit MerrifieldRoyalsOFJoey GalloRangers* Tommy La Stella and Hunter Pence were replaced because of injury.** Brandon Lowe, who replaced La Stella, was injured and in turn replaced by Gleyber Torres.PitchersPos.PlayerTeamSPJohn MeansOriolesSPMasahiro Tanaka*YankeesSPJose Berrios*TwinsSPLiam Hendriks*A’sSPLucas GiolitoWhite SoxSPShane Bieber*IndiansSPJustin VerlanderAstrosSPGerrit ColeAstrosRPRyan PresslyAstrosRPShane GreeneTigersRPBrad HandIndiansRPAroldis ChapmanYankees* Jake Odorizzi and Marcus Stroman were replaced because of injury. Charlie Morton and Mike Minor were replaced because of pitching schedule conflicts.MLB All-Star voting results: National League rosterDave Roberts (Dodgers) will take charge of the NL squad.StartersPos.PlayerTeamCWillson ContrerasCubs1BFreddie FreemanBraves2BKetel MarteDiamondbacksSSJavier BaezCubs3BNolan ArenadoRockiesOFChristian YelichBrewersOFRonald Acuna Jr.BravesOFCody BellingerDodgersReservesPos.PlayerTeamCJ.T. RealmutoPhilliesCYasmani GrandalBrewersIFPete AlonsoMetsIFJosh BellPiratesIFPaul DeJongCardinalsIFMax Muncy*DodgersIFTrevor StoryRockiesIFKris BryantCubsIFMike MoustakasBrewersOFJeff McNeilMetsOFDavid DahlRockiesOFCharlie BlackmonRockies* Anthony Rendon was replaced because of injury.PitchersPos.PlayerTeamSPLuis CastilloRedsSPSandy AlcantaraMarlinsSPSonny Gray*RedsSPHyun-Jin RyuDodgersSPBrandon Woodruff*BrewersSPMike SorokaBravesSPWalker BuehlerDodgersSPClayton KershawDodgersSPJacob deGromMetsRPFelipe Vazquez*PiratesRPKirby YatesPadresRPWill SmithGiants* Max Scherzer was replaced because of a pitching schedule conflict. Josh Hader was replaced because of injury. Zack Greinke was replaced because of a personal matter.Who was the top MLB All-Star vote-getter?Mike Trout led the voting amid a season he’s pacing the AL in walks (76), on-base percentage (.455) and slugging percentage (.630). Trout’s 26 home runs give him a chance to set a career-high in that category.The people love @miketrout. pic.twitter.com/FtDqQucwA5— MLB (@MLB) June 28, 2019Let’s celebrate unheard of All-Stars | Why isn’t Mike Trout in the Derby?What were the biggest All-Star snubs?Several players might been disappointed at not being named a starter. Josh Bell, for example, fell just short in the NL despite hitting 21 home runs and batting .310 so far this season. Hometown favorite Francisco Lindor didn’t even make the cut as a finalist for starting AL shortstop.Both of those guys still made the final rosters given their first-half play, though. Others missed the All-Star Game entirely — and probably should have made it. In the AL, Gleyber Torres (Yankees) and Yoan Moncada (Whiter Sox) had good resumes, each blasting double-digit home runs as infielders and playing exceptional defense. Torres eventually made the team as an injury replacement, but Moncada did not. The real snub here may have been Rafael Devers (Red Sox), though, considering his .328 batting average, 16 home runs and eight stolen bases.On the NL side, Padres rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. — who is hitting .324 with 12 homers and 13 steals — was a major snub. How did voting work for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game?A preliminary round of fan voting established three starting options at each position in the field, and an “Election Day” period on June 26 and 27 determined the official starters. Cora and Roberts will determine the starting pitcher for each squad, and Roberts will select the DH for the NL. The 2019 MLB All-Star Game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday, July 9.It’s the first time the city has hosted the midsummer classic since 1997, when the Indians were in the middle of a run to the World Series. The Indians are hopeful they can reach the postseason again in 2019, but the upstart Twins, who lead the AL Central, may stand in their way of a bid.last_img read more