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Indonesian Police Chief Defends Gambling Crackdown Failure

21 July 2005

INDONESIA – As reported by the Jakarta Post: "City police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Gani on Wednesday defended the police's failure to eradicate gambling here, arguing that a weak legal system had prevented city police from arresting suspected gambling bosses.

"Firman, who had earlier proclaimed that he would wipe out gambling in the city in three days and fire police chiefs who failed to stamp out the practice in their respective areas, now says that police could only arrest people who were actually caught in the act of gambling.

"…Firman said that his officers would continue to watch the closed gambling dens, and promised that they would arrest any owner who dared to open their dens again.

"National Police chief Gen. Sutanto last Monday gave a one-week ultimatum to provincial police chiefs to eradicate gambling in their respective areas. He warned that if they did not comply with his order they would be fired and face criminal charges…"

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