Category: Law

The Full-Day School Debate

On June 12, 2017, The Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy issued Minister Regulation (Permen) No. 23/2017 on School Day. The Permen changed the school hours/day from six days to five days a week, for eight hours in a day. This was dubbed the “full day school” policy (FDS). FDS was supposed to apply nation wide in July 2017, but massive criticisms followed, so much so that the regulation was scrapped. The Government later denied the suggestion that they back out from their position, and instead said a Presidential Regulation would be issued to strengthen the FDS policy. This provoked the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) into concerted protests. What is going on?

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Indictment for Andi Narogong

The Corruption Court of the Central Jakarta District Court held the first session of the trial of Andi Agustinus a.k.a Andi Narogong, the third suspect in the electronic identity card (E-KTP) procurement graft case, on August 14, 2017. The first two suspects, i.e., Sugiharto and Irman were convicted last month but the verdict left many loopholes. The indictment the prosecutors of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prepared for Andi is consistent with the indictment of Sugiharto and Irman, but there are differences in the number of parties that supposedly benefited from the project.

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On Nyonya Meneer’s Bankruptcy

The ninety-eight years old legendary herbal company PT Nyonya Meneer must accept bankruptcy after the Commercial Court of the Semarang District Court in Central Java decided to cancel the peace agreement that the Company signed with its creditors back in 2015. The cancellation of the peace agreement was requested by one of the Company’s creditors Hendrianto Bambang Santoso, and it was granted on August 3, 2017. The Company, however, said they had no idea that this would happen because the Company was in a healthy condition and claimed that they had a total of Rp16 trillion in assets. After the cancellation of peace agreement was promulgated by the court, the Company reportedly tried to offer a peace deal, which is not allowed under the applicable law. What a mess.

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Sandipala Arthaputra v. Oxel System, and the E-KTP Graft Case

On May 16, 2017, the Singapore High Court published a judgement on the dispute between PT Sandipala Arthaputra—one of the members of the consortium once involved in the the procurement of Indonesia’s electronic identity card (E-KTP)—, STMicroelectronics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, and Oxel Systems Pte Ltd. The dispute is related to damages for breach of contract, fraud and deceit, tort, including negligence. The court found that Sandipala had breached the Agreement between the parties and then noted that Oxel was entitled to compensations. Oxel requested detailed explanation regarding the decision and on August 7, 2017, the court provided the explanation as requested.

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Death of Witnesses and the Continuation of Inquisition Process

Johannes Marliem, the key witness of the E-KTP graft case, was not the first key witness to have died during the process of inquisition. The death of witnesses is unfortunately something that has happened way too often.Be it under the supervision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) or other law enforcement institution witnesses have died by natural cause or other unknown causes. The question that is now lingering in people’s mind is, what will be the fate of the E-KTP graft case now that a key witness is dead?

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The Mysterious Death of Marliem (3): Remembering Ferry Yen

Linda Suryadi, identified as wife of one Suhardi Suparman AKA Ferry Yen, testified in the trial of Nunun Nurbaeti (wife of Adang Daradjatun, former vice chief of national police and politician from Islamic party PKS) in April 2012 that her husband died in 2007. Ferry’s death basically prevented the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) from investigating ultimate beneficiary owners of the crime (bribing of lawmakers to ensure the election of Miranda Goeltom as senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia in 2004).

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The Mysterious Death of Marliem (2)

wehoville.com reported few hours ago that authorities have on Friday (Aug 11) identified as a West Hollywood resident the man who barricaded himself in a house on Edinburgh Avenue in the Beverly Grove area. “That man, Johannes Marliem, 32, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at 2 a.m. on Thursday,” the website focused on West Hollywood affairs reported.

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The Mysterious Death of Marliem?

Budi Bowoleksono, Indonesian Ambassador to the United States of America, said Friday (Aug 11) night that the embassy was looking for confirmation from US authorities regarding news about the death of Johannes Marliem, key witness of the E-KTP scandal, implicating high-profile politicians in Indonesia.

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Johannes Marliem, Key Witness of E-KTP Scandal Dies: Suicide?

Agus Rahardjo, chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) admitted of receiving information about the death of Johannes Marliem, key witness of the E-KTP scandal, in Los Angeles, USA. Most Indonesian media quoted a report from CBS Los Angeles’ report about an armed man, who barricaded himself inside a home in the Beverly Grove area, found dead Thursday morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Three Revised Minister Regulations on Electricity

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) released three revised minister regulations (Perman). Permen ESDM No. 10/2017 on Power Purchase Agreement was revised to Permen ESDM No. 49/2017. Permen ESDM No. 11/20117 on Geothermal Energy was revised to Permen ESDM No. 45/2017. Permen ESDM No. 12/2017 on Renewable Energy was revised to Permen ESDM No. 50/2017.

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Updates on Dudung Purwadi and DGIK’s Case

Dudung Purwadi, the former president Director of PT Duta Graha Indah or DGI (now PT Nusa Konstruksi Enjiniring Tbk – DGIK), who is a suspect on two different cases of corruption, faced his first trial session on July 31, 2017. On August 9, 2017, the trial continued. The court listened to the statements of the former Director of Marketing of PT Anak Negeri (Permai Group) Mindo Rosalina Manullang, who was convicted in the principal case. Rosalina repeated the testimonies she gave to the investigators back in 2011. Apart from the trial, DGIK returned a sum of Rp15 billion to the Corruption Eradication Commission. The Company said the money was assurance that they would be cooperative with the inquisition process. Some, however, see this as the Company confirmed their involvement in corruption.

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