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Archive for February 8, 2017

Newsline: Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur says official detained for graft no longer on payroll

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur today explained that it was a former embassy official that the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had detained. Its spokesman said this in response to media reports that one of its former officials was arrested here yesterday. He said the ex-official was detained in Jakarta, Indonesia. “The official is no longer with the embassy after completing his stint in December 2016 and has returned to Jakarta. His post at the embassy here has already been filled,” he told Bernama when contacted today. Indonesian media quoted KPK’s Public Relations chief Febri Diansyah as saying that the individual was detained in Kuala Lumpur yesterday and would be repartriated to Jakarta as soon as possible, to be charged. Febri said the individual was believed to have solicited bribes from agents and a number of companies in the issuance of passports and visas for Indonesians in Malaysia.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/official-detained-for-graft-no-longer-staff-says-indonesian-embassy

Newsline: Germany slams Ukraine lawmaker’s stunt at embassy in Kyiv

Germany’s Foreign Ministry has criticized a Ukrainian lawmaker who defaced a part of the Berlin Wall in the grounds of its Kyiv embassy. Oleksiy Honcharenko, a member of President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc, sprayed red paint on a fragment of the wall Wednesday after German ambassador Ernst Reichel suggested in an interview that local elections could be held in eastern Ukraine despite the presence of Russian troops in the region. Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Honcharenko’s actions constituted “wholly inappropriate behaviour .” Schaefer said Germany considers a Ukraine a “close partner” and was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Kyiv 25 years ago. He said Germany is working to host a meeting of foreign ministers from Ukraine and Russia next week. Germany has given parts of the wall to countries all round the world, and placed others at embassies and German institutions.

http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/02/08/germany-slams-ukraine-lawmaker-s-stunt-at-embassy-in-kyiv.html