Category: Law

Sangihe Gold Reserve and the Death of the Vice Regent 

Not that many people know where the Sangihe Islands are, but the name of one of the regencies in North Sulawesi is suddenly embroiled in a series of controversies related to the issuance of a gold mining operation permit on the main island. The controversy escalated when shocking news arrived in the evening on June 9, 2021. The Vice Regent of Sangihe one Helmud Hontong, who vehemently opposed the gold mining operations on Sangihe Islands, died on a flight from Denpasar to Manado. In less than 30 minutes after Helmud received medical attention on the plane, Helmud was declared dead. This news was only known to the public outside of North Sulawesi several hours later. Various conspiracy theories emerged, including the allegation that Helmud’s death was related to the mining company he was against.

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Corruption Journal

In April 2019, after three years of investigation, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced new suspects in the scandalous conversion of forest land in Riau. Among them were corporate suspect PT Palma Satu and its owner Surya Darmadi (Duta Palma Group). In the last week of June 2020, the trial of one of the key suspects, one Suheri Terta, began in the Corruption Court of the Pekanbaru District Court. On Sept. 9, 2020, the Panel of Judges acquitted Suheri of all charges. The KPK challenged the decision and, recently, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the KPK. Suheri has been declared guilty. Separately, the former Commissioner of the General Election Commission (KPU) Wahyu Setiawan, who abused his authority and received grafts, has to spend more time in prison as the Supreme Court recently decided to aggravate his punishment. 

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Tarunodjojo Nusa et al

A noteworthy civil lawsuit was registered with the South Jakarta District Court by two plaintiffs. One of them is one Tarunodjojo Nusa, a name too unique to be forgotten. Tarunodjojo is a former executive of Bank Umum Servitia who was involved in the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) scandal. Apart from Tarunodjojo, the other names listed as parties to the lawsuit are no less interesting.

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Case Broker in the KPK

The latest scandal in the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) revealed more unpleasant details. After the commotion concerning embezzlement of evidence and operational information leaks, the KPK named one of its investigators a suspect for brokering a case in Tanjungbalai, North Sumatera. Earlier this week, the Supervisory Board dishonorably discharged the investigator. The Board mentioned the parties who had supposedly provided the graft. The scheme had been running since the investigator was first appointed into the KPK in 2019. 

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On Nurhadi’s Graft Case: New Trial

After years of drama, the corruption case involving the former Secretary of the Supreme Court Nurhadi has come to an end. Only one suspect remains, i.e., the person who helped Nurhadi hide from law enforcers. After several months of inquisition, on June 3, 2021, the first hearing of the suspect’s trial started. 

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Problems surrounding PICO

PT Pelangi Indah Canindo Tbk (PICO), a cylinder tank manufacturer, is experiencing many problems. In addition to the lawsuit on Suspension of Debt Payment filed in April 2021, the Company is also in dispute with one of its creditors in two different courts.

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On Jiwasraya’s Graft Case : Benny Tjokro’s Lawsuits

The inquisition and prosecution of the corruption case involving PT Asuransi Jiwasraya (Persero) are ongoing. Several of the people deemed as main perpetrators in the case were found guilty, but one person refuses to surrender. We all know Benny Tjokrosaputro denied his role in the case and decided to file lawsuits against the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) and the Solicitor General. Benny has filed four lawsuits. The examination on the third lawsuit filed at the State Administrative Court (PTUN Jakarta) is ongoing but the lawsuit filed at the Central Jakarta District Court was denied. Benny’s attempt to appeal also failed. 

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DPRA v. Pertamina et al

A lawmaker from Aceh, one Asrizal Asnawi (PAN), filed a lawsuit against several parties, including PT Pertamina (Persero) and the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources. Asrizal accused the defendants of tort and demanded over...

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