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Que Pasa, Senor Winasa?

Former Jembrana Regent Gede Winasa Now in a Bali Prison

(4/27/2014) After a protracted series of trials and appeals, the former regent of Jembrana is now behind bars in Bali serving a 2.5-year sentence for his corrupt involvement in the purchase of compost making machinery.

The State News Agency Antara reports that State Prosecutors took I Gede Winasa from his home in Mendoyo to their offices for 5 minutes of administrative paperwork before delivering the former regent to prison.

Prior to his fall from grace, Winasa served two terms as the “bupati” or regent of Jembrana.

Buoyant on his trip to prison, Winasa encouraged the media to come close to obtain better pictures of the start of his incarceration. “Come here, don’t be so far away. It’s O.K. Come closer so you can get good photos and can interview me,” said Winasa as he cajoled the press.

He took pains to explain to the press that he had not tried to evade capture in order to avoid being brought to prison. He also took issue with one news source who had accused him in the press of trying to use money and bribes to avoid imprisonment.

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