Category: Law

On the Plan to Rule Out IMB and AMDAL

Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning (the Head of the National Land Agency) Sofyan Djalil revealed that the Government’s had planned to not make the Building Construction Permit (IMB) and Environmental Impact Analysis document (AMDAL) requirements in obtaining investment permits. Many have since negatively reacted to this statement.

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On Fertilizer Distribution’s Case: Verdict for Indung 

On November 13, 2019, the Panel of Judges of the Corruption Court at the Central Jakarta District Court read their verdict for the intermediary of the corruption case involving Bowo Sidik Pangarso, the former member of the House Commission VI of the House of Representatives. The court should read their verdict for Bowo soon.

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Scolding the KPK

In the evening of November 11, 2019, the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security Mahfud MD said that the President had filed a report to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on a particular corruption case, but the KPK had not shown progress ever since. Several hours later the KPK issues a clarification. 

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KPK and the Halted Investigations

Earlier this week, the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security Mahfud MD mentioned about the halted investigation in the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in front of his guests, all experts in their respective fields. The statement reminds us of the many other cases which have been investigated by the KPK for years but cannot be resolved until today. Let’s go down the memory lane for a bit. 

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Latest on the E-KTP Graft Case: Verdict for Markus Nari

After several months of trial, the Panel of Judges of the Corruption Court at the Central Jakarta District Court finally read their decision for Markus Nari, the former member of the House of Representatives who allegedly involved in the E-KTP graft case. As expected, the judges declared Markus Nari guilty, however, until after the verdict was read, Markus still insisted that he is innocent. Apart from the trial, we need to remember that the KPK still has several ongoing inquisitions, and the case mentioned too many allegations which they should investigate.

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Another Attempt to Ban Ex-Graft Convicts from Running in Elections

Over a year ago, the General Election Commission (KPU) announced that they were drafting a regulation that would ban ex-graft-convicts from participating in legislative elections. The plan, as expected, caused a commotion that ended with a petition for Judicial Review and even police report against the officials of regional KPU (KPUD). Eventually, the KPU must give up on their plan because the Ministry of Law and Human Rights strangely refused to promulgate the regulation. Recently, KPU announced that they plan to issue a similar regulation for banning ex-graft convicts from running in the upcoming 2020 regional elections.

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To Disband TP4

Four years ago, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) formed the Guard and Security Team for the Government and Regional Development (TP4, which also exists in certain regions as TP4D). This team was formed to oversee and guard the implementation of national strategic projects. The team maintained a low profile until the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested two prosecutors who are members of TP4D. The former Attorney General HM Prasetyo had asked the new Attorney General ST Burhanuddin to look after TP4, but in recent weeks, the demand to disband TP4 has gained traction.

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Garuda-Sriwijaya and the Ugly Break-Up

The past year has been a roller coaster ride for PT Sriwijaya Air. After struggling to get out of their debt trap by the end of 2018, the Company seemed to see the end of the tunnel after they agreed on operational cooperation or joint venture (KSO) with PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (GIAA). However, the realization of the agreement is not easy. Since the beginning of 2019, the two companies have been involved in open dispute a number of times. Currently, there is even one lawsuit that is being examined by the Court. The parties have made peace, but last week, the feud re-emerged. Now both parties are in conflict, and unfortunately, this dispute has an impact on the airline’s services for passengers. The Government is forced to do something.

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KPPU Journal

The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) is done examining the companies that did not report their corporate actions on time. Earlier this week, the KPPU declared two more companies guilty. One of whom is another subsidiary of PT Bumi Resources Tbk (BUMI).

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Latest on Duniatex PKPU

A little more than a month has passed since the Panel of Judges of the Commercial Court of the Semarang District Court decided to grant the lawsuit on Suspension of Debts Payment (PKPU) filed against six companies under the Duniatex Group. Until earlier this week, the team of administrators was reportedly still receiving bills from creditors. The administrators are to report the verification of the bills to the Supervisory Judge on November 8, 2019. 

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Demands for Bowo Sidik

It’s been eight months since the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) first uncovered a bribery case involving Bowo Sidik Pangarso (who at the time was a member of the Commission VI of the House of Representatives representing Golkar). Bowo’s trial started in August 2019. He has admitted to a lot of things, though the names mentioned in the allegations all denied their involvement. On November 6, 2019, the prosecutors read their demands for Bowo.

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On the Corruption in the Ministry of Youth and Sports: Pre-Trial

After months of speculations, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced the development of investigation into the case of bribery involving officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) and named two new suspects, including the then Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi. Imam is the representative of the National Awakening Party (PKB) in the cabinet at the time, and the second minister of the cabinet ensnared by the KPK. Imam decided to file for a pre-trial lawsuit questioning the KPK’s decision. In one of the hearings, the KPK finally revealed their findings based on the money trails. But Imam is determined to win because he brought up the KPK’s antics which they showed to the public not long ago, after the Bill to revise the Law on Corruption Eradication Commission was promulgated. 

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