Beritabali.com reports that Bali's Chief of Police, General Sutisna, is keeping to his promise to fire police involve with illicit drugs. To this end, two officers were stripped of their uniforms and received a dishonorable discharge: Second Police Brigadier (Dripda) Bagus Lalang Buana and Police Brigadier Agus Haryanto.
Bali police spokesman Gde Sugianyar confirmed on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, that "both have been dishonorably discharged. The dismissals were performed in accordance with police protocols following a hearing before an ethics review board conducted at the Mobil Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Bali Tuesday, July 27, 2010." Adding, "it is true, both were found guilty of criminal acts."
Both men have seven days in which they can appeal the decision of the hearing board.
In late 2008, Second Police Brigadier Lalang Buana was arrested carrying 35 ecstasy tablets and a quantity of methamphetamines. In a separate incident, the same policeman was previously sentenced to 3.5 months in prison for physically assaulting his girlfriend. Following that jail sentence, however, he was allowed to resume his service with the police.
Revealing an even more extensive involvement with narcotics, Lalang was linked to two narcotics couriers who were arrested in April 2010 carrying a quantity of drugs inside the Kerobokan prison in Bali. Further investigation and interrogations traced the drugs to Lalang Buana.
On March 23, 2010, the Bali narcotics police caught Brigadier Agus Haryanto in the Panjer area of Denpasar with five ecstasy pills and 7.2 grams of methamphetamines in his trouser pockets. Police later raided his rented the rented room of a girlfriend where an addition 250 ecstasy pills were found stored in a closet and a refrigerator.
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