Category: Law

Prosecutors’ Demands for Handang Soekarno

The trial of the former Head of Initial Evidence Sub-Directorate at the Law Enforcement Directorate in the Directorate General of Taxation Handang Soekarno, who was caught for receiving bribes from the Managing Director of a subsidiary of Lulu Group International PT EK Prima Ekspor (EKP), will soon come to an end. Previously, interesting evidence were made public through the trial, and Handang was not holding back. Many thought that the prosecutors would thus go easy on Handang. But on June 21, 2017, the prosecutors read their demands for Handang and did not show any lenience.

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The Sting Operation in Bengkulu and the Regional Leaders Club

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) conducted Sting Operations (OTT) in Bengkulu three weeks ago and arrested an active prosecutor. On June 20, 2017, however, the KPK again conducted an OTT in Bengkulu. This time, among the individuals arrested, there was the Governor of Bengkulu Ridwan Mukti and his wife. Ridwan, who kept an image as an anti-corruption activist, is the third Governor of Bengkulu involved in graft cases.

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United Overseas Bank Ltd v. Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd and others

United Overseas Bank Ltd (UOB – SGX: U11) filed a lawsuit against Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd (Lippo), a subsidiary of Lippo Limited (HKEX: 226), and seven other parties on November 2014 for allegedly misleading the bank into granting inflated housing loans for 38 condo units at Marina Collection (MC) in Sentosa Island. The bank had since dropped five defendants from its suit, but it maintains three main defendants, i.e., Lippo and two property agents named Rick Goh and Aurellia Ho. Over the past two years, the parties had been fighting over an affidavit made by Rick Goh, which supposedly benefitted UOB. Lippo had repeatedly asked for the said affidavit but UOB said disclosure was not possible due to a litigation privilege. After several trials, on June 16, 2017, the Singapore High Court decided that the disputed affidavit did not need to be disclosed and therefore Lippo’s appeal should be dismissed.

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PT Baktiparamita Putrasama v. the Heirs of Abdul Rachman Saleh

Last week, PT Baktiparamita Putrasama published an announcement stating that they’re the rightful owner of a 18,762 square-meter plot of land in Pegangsaan Dua, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. But a few days later, the heirs of the late Abdul Rachman Saleh published a counter-announcement stating that the claim was not true. The heirs also stated several court verdicts to strengthen their claim.

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PT Cempaka Surya Kencana’s Land Dispute

On May 22, 2017, a riot broke during the process of land dispute execution in West Kuningan, South Jakarta. The execution process was thus postponed. The plot of land in question, to this day, remains sealed with a warning that states the plot as a property of PT Cempaka Surya Kencana (CSK), a company owned by one Aziz Mochdar.

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PT Garam’s Woes

The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) named the President Director of PT Garam (Persero) Achmad Boediono as a suspect of alleged misuse of import licenses last week. Boediono was dismissed from his position, but we know that this is not the first case involving PT Garam. On June 16, 2017, the Bareskrim searched the headquarters of the State-Ownes Enterprise (BUMN) in Surabaya, East Java, and seized several evidence. Bareskrim said they did not rule out the possibility of naming a new suspect in the case. That said, the Minister of Marine and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti suspected that someone had intended to trap PT Garam.

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Demands for Ratu Atut

It has been a while since we last heard of Ratu Atut Chosiyah’s graft woes. Now, three years after the former Governor of Banten was caught for bribing the Constitutional Court Akil Mochtar, the Corruption Court of the Central Jakarta District Court is set to move forward with the prosecution of her involvement in graft. On June 16, 2017, the public prosecutors of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) read their demands for Ratu Atut.

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Members v. Herbalife Indonesia

The South Jakarta District Court received and registered three civil lawsuits against PT Herbalife Indonesia filed by its members in May 2017. The lawsuits were filed under allegation of tort and the members demanded hundreds of millions of Rupiah in compensation from Herbalife. What happened?

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Update on LuLu Group’s Tax Case : Handang’s Trial

The trial of the former Head of Initial Evidence Sub-Directorate at the Law Enforcement Directorate in the Directorate General of Taxation Handang Soekarno, who was caught for receiving bribes from the Managing Director of a subsidiary of Lulu Group International PT EK Prima Ekspor (EKP), continues. Interesting evidence have been made public through the trial, and Handang is not holding back.

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The Trial of Patrialis Akbar

The trial of businessman Basuki Hariman and his secretary Ng Fenny, the two suspected bribers in the graft case involving the former Constitutional Court (MK) Justice Patrialis Akbar began on June 5, 2017. And a week later, it was Patrialis Akbar’s turn to be tried.

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Last Chance for the Sujaya Group

Eight months have passed since the Sujaya Group’s two subsidiaries, PT Bintang Jaya Proteina Feedmill (Bintang Jaya) and PT Sinka Sinye Agrotama (Sinka Sinye), entered their period of Suspension of Debts Payment (PKPU). Last week, the Group announced that they were able to find an investor, i.e., Hong Kong-based Macquarie Capital Securities Limited, the subsidiary of Macquarie Group Limited. But even with the good news, the Group seemed to be struggling to find common ground with their creditors. The voting meeting scheduled for June 12, 2017 was postponed. With the help of the supervisory judge the Group received another time extension to fix their peace proposal. But this is the last chance for the Group to resolve this dispute because they have used all the time limits provided by the law in a PKPU. Failure to resolve this dispute will end with the Group deemed bankrupt.

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Inquiring the KPK

On June 12, 2017, a group named “Koalisi Tolak Hak Angket KPK” (otherwise known as KOTAK) filed a report to the Ethics Council of the House of Representatives (MKD) against the members of the Special Committee (Pansus) tasked with inquiring the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). KOTAK said that the members reported had violated the DPR’s code of ethics for supporting a flawed application of the rights of inquiry. In total, the Pansus has 25 members, including the Deputy Speaker of the House Fadli Zon (Gerindra) and Fahri Hamzah. Will the MKD review and examine this report?

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