Repressive action to be last resort: Attorney general

Semarang, C Java (ANTARA News) - Attorney General Prasetyo stated here on Tuesday that repressive action would only be undertaken as a last resort while dealing with possible cases of misuse of state budgets.

"Repression will be used as a last resort. We will accompany regional officials (with regard to budget use)," he said at a coordination meeting on optimization of national and regional budget use.

He said he hoped that heads of all the provincial and district prosecutor offices would support these efforts in view of the countrys quest to come out of the current economic slowdown.

He said his office has set up a team to escort and provide security to the government officials to conduct development implementation (TP4) initiative from central to regional level.

He said the prosecutor office team would accompany officials to give legal briefing with regard to planning, auction and financial monitoring.

"The TP4 will also provide counseling regarding legal matters to the community, including in relation to land acquisition," he said.

He said the TP4 will focus on preventive measures.

However, he said, if evidence or data showed that violations had been committed and losses have been caused to the state or there has been a misuse of power, then action would be taken.

National police chief General Badrodin Haiti shared the view, and said on this occasion that government officials need not be afraid while managing the state funds as long as they have no evil intentions.

He suggested that government officials made an inventory of issues that have the potential to cause legal problems.

"Identify those that make people harbor doubts, and then find solutions to such issues by consulting the police, the prosecutor office or the TP4," he said.(*)