Paket Umroh Full di bulan Ramadhan, Mantan Ketua Mahkamah Konstitusi, Akil Mochtar, telah dihadirkan di sidang kasus penanganan sengketa Pemilihan Kepala Daerah Gunung Mas, Kalimantan Tengah, dengan terdakwa anggota DPR Chairun Nisa, Bupati Gunung Mas, Hambit Bintih, dan pengusaha Cornelis Nalau.

Hambit telah memberi kesaksian berbelit ihwal tuduhan menerima uang Rp3 miliar dari Chairun Nisa demi untuk memenangkan Hambit sebagai Bupati Gunung Mas.

Dalam persidangan itu, Jaksa telah mencecar Akil Mochtar dengan banyak pertanyaan mematikan. Namun, Akil juga mematahkan pertanyaan Jaksa dengan banyak berkelit.

Sebagai contoh, ketika Jaksa telah mengkonfirmasi ihwal SMS Chairun Nisa kepada Akil soal tiga ton emas. Akil telah menjawab bahwa tiga ton itu hanya sekadar bergurau.

"Itu hanya bergurau," kata Akil di Pengadilan Tindak Pidana Korupsi, Jakarta, Kamis (30/1/2014).

Awalnya Akil berkelit maksud tiga ton emas yang telah diminta kepada Chairun Nisa. Namun, begitu jaksa mendesak terus-terusan soal arti tiga ton emas itu akhirnya Akil mengaku bahwa tiga ton emas itu artinya uang Rp3 miliar.

"Itu konteks Rp3 miliar. Tapi saya tidak tahu itu buat apa," ujar kilahnya.

Editor : Dian Sukmawati

Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

Nepalís Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake

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