'Open prison' for Indonesia's rich

'Taking holidays' from jail not uncommon in Southeast Asian nation where corruption runs deep.

    Corruption has always been a big problem in Indonesia, and it seems that the issue runs deep, even in prisons.

    In the latest scandal to shock the country, a detained tax official - on trial for corruption involving millions of dollars - was photographed at a tennis tournament in Bali wearing a wig and glasses. After days of denial, he admitted that he had taken a holiday from prison.

    Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Indonesian president, has made combating corruption one of his main priorities. But he says he cannot interfere in the legal system.

    A special team established by him has announced plans to improve the system, but as Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen reports from Jakarta, so far no concrete steps have been taken to stop wealthy detainees from taking a break from prison.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.