Category: Law

WanaArtha Life Crimes

It has been over two years after the first hearing of the trial of the defendants of PT Asuransi Jiwasraya’s graft case started. Back then the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) already froze the bank accounts of those suspected of being involved in the scheme, one of them is PT Asuransi Jiwa Adisarana Wanaartha, also known as WanaArtha Life. The Company cannot fulfill its obligations to its clients as a result. Clients are trying to get their rights back through various legal channels, but to no avail. But who would have guessed, this case would actually be the beginning of revelation of other crimes committed by WanaArtha officials.

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Latest Decision on the Tax Scandal

We began 2021 with a corruption case involving tax officials. The allegation was scandalous. Officials had allegedly transacted and helped three large companies avoid their tax obligations. One of said companies was owned by the notorious Haji Isam. Key suspect in the case has been found guilty, recently two tax consultants are declared guilty.

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KPPU Partnership Violation : Charoen Pokphand 

The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has examined allegations of violations committed by PT Sinar Ternak Sejahtera (PT STS), which is part of the PT Charoen Pokphand Indonesia Tbk (CPIN), the largest integrated poultry player, since 2020. This alleged violation is not a violation that the public usually knows about when it comes to KPPU, namely the merger/acquisition process. This time, the alleged violation was related to the inti plasma partnership implementation agreement and PT STS was found guilty of committing a violation towards 117 of its plasma last week. The penalties given are very severe, with the possibility of revocation of business licenses and a fine of Rp10 billion. Worst of all, this decision is final and no legal remedies are available to PT STS.

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Dispute on PLTSa Putri Cempo

In the beginning of 2019, Government through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) announced that there are 12 Renewable Energy (EBT) power plant which is planned to be operational within four years. The operation of the 12 Waste Power Plants (Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Sampah – PLTSa) is expected to increase the electricity production capacity in each region. There is not much media attention in this project even though it is specifically regulated in a Presidential Regulation. Now, over three years later, instead of news about the achievement of the PLTSa development target, we learned of a dispute regarding the Putri Cempo PLTSa in Solo.

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AGO steps up pressure on Surya Darma (Duta Palma)

Attorney General’s Office (AGO) published an announcement at Kompas newspaper this morning, demanding businessman Surya Darmadi, owner of Duta Palma Group, to appear before the investigators on Thursday (Aug 11) related to corruption case implicating the group’s palm oil operation in Indragiri Hulu Regency, Riau province.

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Latest on the Battle against Perpetrators of Forest Fires

It has been over seven years since we witness one of the worst forest fires ever happened in Indonesia. The situation forced the Government to take extra measures, including legal efforts. Far from media coverage, the battle continues to this day. Three years ago, the Palangka Raya district court announced declared one of the corporate suspects, PT Arjuna Utama Sawit (PT AUS), guilty. Although PT AUS is not an ordinary company, recently, the Supreme Court decided to upheld the decision of the district Court.

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Revisiting Share Ownership Disputes in Blue Bird (1) 

PT Blue Bird Tbk (BIRD), its subsidiaries, and the parties around the companies have gone through a share ownership disputes since 2013. We recorded dozens of similar lawsuits filed at the South Jakarta District Court, this is of course not including the other lawsuits filed in other district court. The last time we report on the “development” was in 2018, at the time there were ongoing disputes but examinations continue far from media coverage and we haven’t heard further information since then. Despite the prolonged dispute, the parties apparently refused to give up. This year alone, there have been two different lawsuits filed to the South Jakarta District Court, the latest being filed by Elliana Wibowo, Surjo Wibowo’s daughter.

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Vinmar v. Sumi Asih : New Chapter

Last year, legal counsel of Vinmar Overseas Ltd, placed an announcement at national newspaper, stating the planned execution of assets of PT Sumi Asih/PT Sumi Asih Oleochemical Industry. The dispute was among the longest legal disputes in the country, involving various overseas jurisdictions. However, after the announcement, nothing really happened. Recently, we learned that Vinmar finally resort to another legal remedy as the company file a new lawsuit to the Central Jakarta District Court.

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The Prolonged Warung Buncit Land Dispute

In 2010, the former Commander of the Defense and Security Headquarters Corps, Lieutenant General (Ret) TNI, Herman Sarens Sudiro, was arrested by the Military Police of the Greater Jakarta Military Region Command. Herman, who was more than 80 years old at that time, was arrested for embezzling TNI assets. The case was then dismissed because Herman’s health condition deteriorated in the same year, not long after, Herman died.

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The AGO v. Duta Palma : Suspects 

Less than two months ago, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced an investigation into the case related to the Duta Palma, one of the largest plantation business groups controlled by fugitive of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Surya Darmadi. This week, the AGO announced that they had named two suspects in the case, namely Surya Darmadi and the former Regent of Indragiri Hulu – who is a graft convict, Raja Thamsir Rachman. The AGO also named Surya as suspect on allegation of money laundering.

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