Category: Law

Corruption Journal

For the past month the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has been facing pre-trial lawsuits filed by the parties they named suspects of corruption. Luckily for the KPK, some decided to withdraw their lawsuit, and the most recent party to do so is PT Palma Satu, the sixth corporate suspect ever named by the KPK. PT Palma Satu was named suspect in the case of corruption related to the conversion of forest land that ensnared the disgraced Governor of Riau Annas Maamun. The owner of the Company the conglomerate Surya Darmadi was also named a suspect in the case, and he also filed a pre-trial lawsuit. His lawsuit, however, was rejected by the court. Separately, investigation into the case of bribery involving Romahurmuziy (Rommy), the chairman of the United Development Party (PPP) continues. The investigation now focuses on allegations of bribery practices that could have occurred in the rector’s election at a number of State Islamic Universities (UIN).

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PKPU Lawsuits against Forza Land

It has only been three years since PT Forza Land Indonesia Tbk (FORZ, formerly PT Megah Satu Properti) launched its plan to offer the Company’s shares through initial public offering (IPO), and two years since the plan was realized in April 2017. Nevertheless, the Company are already facing issues. Last week the Commercial Court of the Central Jakarta District Court registered two lawsuit on Suspension of Debts Payment (PKPU) against the Company.

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On the Dispute in Kawasan Berikat Nusantara : Media War

The dispute between PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara (Persero) (KBN) and PT Karya Citra Nusantara (KCN), its own subsidiary established together with PT Karya Tekhnik Utama (KTU) is getting more complicated after the former decided to publish an article about the case from their perspective in their official website attacking the latter’s legal counsel. KCN also felt attacked by another news published on a national media outlet about the dispute. So on June 17, 2019, KCN through its legal counsel the prominent advocate Juniver Girsang published a lengthy rebuttal and subpoena in a national newspaper.

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On Allegation of Conspiracy in Kalija I Project: Verdict

The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) began examining the allegation of conspiracy in the construction of the Kalimantan-Java gas pipeline (Kalija I) in December 2018. Last week, the Commission Assembly found the reported parties not guilty of the charges. Despite the decision, the Assembly still gave some recommendations. But we still have to wait for a copy of the decision to have more information.

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KPPU Journal

After several months of examinations, by the end of May 2019 the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) finally decided that the four shipping companies reported in the allegation of monopoly in the Freight Container Service Industry guilty. They’re thus fined. The KPPU also issued recommendations for the Ministry of Transportation. Separately, the examination into the allegation of cartel-like practices related to the increase of salt prices continues.

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Latest on the Corruption in the Ministry of Religious Affairs

The trial of the first two defendants in the case of bribery involving Romahurmuziy (Rommy), the chairman of the United Development Party (PPP) continues. We know that the case also implicate the Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, who is also a PPP politician. The latest hearing revealed more than what the Prosecutors mentioned in the indictment.

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The latest on Sariwangi’s Bankruptcy

We can still remember the nostalgic feeling four years ago when the Commercial Court at the Central Jakarta District Court decided to ratify the peace agreement between PT Sariwangi Agricultural Estate Agency (Sari Wangi AEA Co Ltd – Sariwangi), its subsidiary PT Maskapai Perkebunan Indorub Sumber Wadung (Indorub), and their creditors. It’s a result of months of negotiations in a period of Suspension of Debts Payment (PKPU). But last year, the peace agreement was annulled by the same Commercial Court. Both companies were deemed bankrupt and thus entered insolvency. Those who grew up drinking teas from Sariwangi were in shock. In the last days of the battle, Indorub had to fight alone. They’re also alone when submitting the petition for cassation to the Supreme Court against the cancellation of the peace agreement. Unfortunately for Indorub, the Supreme Court decided to uphold their bankruptcy. The copy of the verdict was uploaded recently.

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On Post-Election Dispute: Too Many Questions

We previously reported about the national campaign team (BPN) of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno (Prabowo-Sandi) and their attempt to question the position of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s running mate KH Ma’ruf Amin in two state-owned sharia banks. As we all know, Prabowo-Sandi, represented by their team of legal counsel, seek to disqualify the incumbent pair from the 2019 presidential race. But there are too many oddities in the process of registration of the lawsuit to the content of the lawsuit itself and the public has the right to know what is really happening.

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On Corruption in Krakatau Steel: Trial of the Bribers

In less than three months, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) finished compiling the dockets of the suspects of bribery related to projects in PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk (KRAS). The dockets of the bribers were expedited to the Corruption Court at the Central Jakarta District Court two weeks ago and their trials began on June 12, 2019.

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Sugico Group v. Reliance: New Chapter

Over a year ago the Jakarta High Prosecutor’s Office (Kejati Jakarta) issued a warrant for the commencement of inquisition (sprindik) on the allegation of corruption in the procurement of coal for PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) in Muara Enim, Palembang, South Sumatera. The Kejati named two suspects in the case, one of whom is Kokos Jiang (previously known as Kokos Leo Lim), the owner of Sugico group. In August 2018, Kokos’ name was once again mentioned after it was revealed that Reliance Power Netherlands BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian power producer Reliance Power Ltd, had won an international arbitration award of US$56 million against Prestige Capital Holdings Ltd, a Seychelles based Company and Kokos Jiang. The dispute between Kokos and Reliance continued as Kokos filed a tort lawsuit at the Central Jakarta District Court against Reliance and several other parties several months later. Meanwhile, the Kejati moved on with their inquisition and Kokos faced trial by the beginning of 2019. But despite the problems and ongoing proceedings, Kokos still has the energy to file another lawsuit recently against Reliance Power Netherlands BV.

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