Tag: Sebuku Group

Law Journal: Victory for Sebuku Group, and Edward Soeryadjaya’s Trial

The dispute between Sebuku Group and the Governor of South Kalimantan reached the finish line on June 7, 2018, after the Banjarmasin State Administrative Court (PTUN Banjarmasin) decided in favor of the group and granted three lawsuits they had filed previously. But the dispute will not end soon because the provincial government immediately said they would appeal against the verdicts. Separately in Jakarta, the Corruption Court of the Central Jakarta District Court once again arrived at an odd decision, i.e., to continue the trial of Edward Soeryadjaya, even though he won the pre-trial lawsuit with the Attorney General’s Office required to stop the inquisition as a result.

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Law Journal: Sebuku Group’s Case, and the Strange Verdict in favor of PT Kalista Alam

In January 2018, the Governor of South Kalimantan one Sahbirin Noor decided to revoke the mining business permit (IUP) of three subsidiaries of Sebuku Group. The companies, represented by Yusril Ihza Mahendra, questioned the decision at the Banjarmasin State Administrative Court (PTUN Banjarmasin), and the PTUN eventually published an interlocutory decisions to delay the implementation of the Governor’s. Local media outlets reported that a witness who was supposed to testify for the group was arrested by the police. Separately, the Meulaboh District Court granted the lawsuit filed by PT Kallista Alam, a palm oil plantation company located in the “Leuser Ecosystem” in Nagan Raya, Aceh. This is strange given that the Company had already been deemed guilty for damaging the environment by the Supreme Court.

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Coal: Pressures on Sebuku Group

Sebuku Group, consisted of mining licenses for coal and minerals, has been under pressures for many years due to opposition from local residents and environmental groups in Pulau Laut, Kotabaru, South Kalimantan province. Pressures intensified with the recent decision from South Kalimantan provincial administration to revoke three coal mining licenses.

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