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Indonesian Police Chief Starts Gambling Crackdown

12 July 2005

INDONESIA – As reported by the Jakarta Post: "Newly installed National Police Chief Gen. Sutanto has given a one-week deadline for regional police chiefs to eradicate gambling activities in their respective areas during a meeting held on his first day at work on Monday at the National Police headquarters.

"National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Aryanto Boedihardjo said that Sutanto had instructed provincial police chiefs to close all gambling houses and arrest anyone involved in the illegal practice.

"…Aryanto added, police chiefs who failed to clean up their respective areas within a week would be given warnings and possibly replaced. Each provincial police chief signed a contract with Sutanto to achieve this purpose.

"His statement came amid allegations that some 14 regional police chiefs were involved in protecting gambling operations…"

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