Category: Law

The Problems surrounding Sritex 

The trials on the Suspension of Debt Payment (PKPU) lawsuits against the textile giant PT Sri Rejeki Isman Tbk (SRIL or Sritex) continue. On May 6, 2021, the Panel of Judges granted the lawsuit filed by CV Prima Karya, despite rejections from other parties. The other lawsuit filed by PT Bank QNB Indonesia Tbk (BKSW) is to be decided on May 10, 2021. The lawsuits and decision are unfortunate for Sritex, but the court examinations are not the only problems the Company has to face.  

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On the Social Assistance Graft Case: Verdicts for the Bribers

Five months ago, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) uncovered corruption in the procurement of social assistance programs at the Ministry of Social Affairs. The KPK named several suspects, including then Minister Juliari Batubara. The trial of the two bribers began in February 2021. Within three months, the Panel of Judges declared them guilty as indicted. 

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Judicial Review on the Amendment to the Law on KPK: Several Changes

As reported in the previous article, of the many petitions for Judicial Review submitted against Law No. 19/2019 which amended Law No. 30/2022 on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), only one petition received good results and ended up being partially granted. The decision on Case No. 70/PUU-XVII/2019 is important because it provides several new definitions related to the provisions of several important articles.

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Judicial Review on the KPK Law Amendment: Decisions

The Bill on the amendment of Law No. 30/2002 on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) was passed in September 2019. Its content and closed manner of deliberation caused a stir. After the Bill was passed, several parties challenged it with their respective Judicial Review petition at the Constitutional Court. By the end of the same year, the Constitutional said eight of such petitions were under review. The earliest petition was denied after its registration, while the remaining petitions took time to reach conclusion. On May 4, 2021, the Court granted only partially granted one petitions. 

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On Corruption in Ogan Komering Ulu

The case of corruption related to the procurement of cemetery land involving Vice Regent-elect of Ogan Komering Ulu (OKU) Johan Anuar has been under investigation since 2017. Johan was named a suspect several times before the investigation was taken over by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in mid-2020. Some people believe the investigation was politically motivated, but Johan still won the election despite his status as a criminal. On May 4, 2021, Johan was finally found guilty. 

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Tax Corruption: The Suspects

Two months ago, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced that it was carrying out an inquisition on suspicion of bribery against the Directorate General of Taxation officials. Two officials had allegedly been named suspects, and six banned from traveling abroad. In the same month, three companies were mentioned in connection to the case. A drama ensured. The KPK failed to conduct a raid in several places in Kalimantan as information on the operation was leaked. In a press conference held on May 4, 2021, the KPK finally announced the investigation into the case and named six suspects.

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More on the Disturbing Land Mafia Case 

The land dispute case in East Jakarta, which was later dubbed as the land mafia case, remains convoluted even after the trials in the district court have ended. The alleged key perpetrator in the case, one Benny Simon Tabalujan, is still on the run. The prosecutors office commenced a new investigation on allegations of corruption, while the court examined the other two defendants. Recently we learned that the Supreme Court had ruled in favor of the prosecutors. 

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Updates on the PKPU against Sritex

The trials on the lawsuits for Suspension of Debt Payment (PKPU) against the textile giant PT Sri Rejeki Isman Tbk (SRIL or Sritex) continues. There are allegations that the plaintiff in the lawsuit filed at the Commercial Court of the Semarang District Court is affiliated with Sritex. Sritex denied the rumor. 

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Corruption Allegation in Indonesia Coal Resources 

A decade ago, PT Aneka Tambang Tbk (ANTM) through its subsidiary PT Indonesia Coal Resources (PT ICR)–which is engaged in coal mining trade, transportation and services–acquired the Sarolangun coal mine in Jambi owned by PT Citra Tobindo Sukses Perkasa (PT CTSP). Nine years later, in January 2019, far from media coverage, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) named six suspects of corruption related to the mining purchase transaction. Towards the end of last week, the AGO promised clarity.

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Alvin Lim and More Problems in the AGO

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has imposed a severe disciplinary sanction on the Secretary of the Solicitor General for Civil and State Administration Chaerul Amin. Chaerul was removed from his position because he was proven guilty of abusing his authority by extorting the parent of a defendant. The notorious legal counsel Alvin Lim outlined Chaerul’s deed.

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On Corruption in Talaud Islands : New Chapter

Two years ago the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested several individuals along with the then regent of Talaud Islands in North Sulawesi. All parties were found guilty of corruption. The disgraced Regent Sri Wahyumi Maria Manalip was punished to four years and six months in prison. Sri decided to go for a Reconsideration. To everyone’s surprise, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of her, and reduced her sentence to only two years in prison. Sri Wahyumi was released on April 28, 2021, only to be arrested again by the KPK on April 29, 2021. The KPK officially named Sri Wahyumi a suspect in a new corruption case.

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