Air Pollution Lawsuit Trial Was Postponed Three Weeks

Air Pollution Lawsuit Trial Was Postponed Three Weeks
Air pollution lawsuit was postponed. (CNN Indonesia/Andry Novelino)


Jakarta, CNN Indonesia — The air pollution lawsuit trial filed by 31 residents calling themselves citizen law suits at the Central Jakarta District Court today (1/8) was postponed.

The first trial was adjourned because the formal conditions had not been completed by the plaintiff’s attorney.

“The defendants have agreed [for the trial] to be postponed due to lack of formalities that must be met in this trial. So we postponed,” said Chief Justice Saifudin Zuhri at Central Jakarta District Court.

The legal counsel of the Clean Air Coalition (IBUKOTA) Advocacy Team had not submitted the original version of power of attorney and only submitted a photocopy.

“We ask for the original version that has been registered. Then, attached with, for the recipients of the power of attorney, each official record of attorney’s oath, the original version and its photocopy, including the original version of ID card and the photocopy,” he said.

Next, in the lawsuit on behalf of Sandiawan Sumadi, there was no photocopy of his power of attorney. Other than that, the name of Matthew Michelle was not listed in the power of attorney while being mentioned in the lawsuit.

“Regarding this Matthew, based on the information, there had been plaintiffs that gave him power [to represent them], yes, it’s just not included in the photocopy of power of attorney that we received,” said the judge.

In the first trial of the lawsuit, only the attorneys of Defendant II (the Governor of Banten) were absent. On that basis, the plaintiff’s attorney requested for the next hearing the concerned parties to be present to not prolong the time.

Plaintiff’s attorney Ayu Eza Tiara deplored the postponement of this trial. According to her, if the trial continues to be postponed then the impact felt by residents related to the bad air will get worse.

“If they are not present it will be postponed again by three weeks, the trial process will be longer and citizens’ rights to get better health, a healthy and clean environment, will definitely be delayed,” Ayu said.

As for now the judge re-set the agenda of the trial for air pollution lawsuit on Thursday, 22nd of August 2019.

Based on the registration of case number 374/Pdt.G/LH/2019/PN Jkt.Pst, the plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Health Nila F Moeloek, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, and the Governor of DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan.

The registration letter also included the Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil and the Governor of Banten Wahidin Halim as defendants.

Spokesperson for Clean Air Coalition (IBUKOTA) Advocay Team Bondan Andriyanu revealed, based on data from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, residents of Jakarta and surrounding areas were forced to breathe unhealthy air for 196 days for one year.

Bondan, who is also a Greenpeace Indonesia Energy Campaigner, added that the government did not make serious efforts to deal with the problem.

“From 196 days we breathe unhealthy air, but there is no effort from the Government, even at least just to announce it. So, the question is why it was only announced in 2019? Even though it has happened since 2018,” Bondan told media crews at Central Jakarta District Court, Thursday (4/7). (ryn/sur)