JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Supreme Court denied President Joko Widodo’s and other officials as defendant’s cassation on forest fire case in Borneo.
Supreme Court Spokesperson Andi Samsan Nanron said that judges uphold verdicts from Palangkaraya District Court and Appeal Court.
“According to Supreme Court, the verdict from Palangkaraya Appeal Court which upholds the verdict from Palangkaraya District Court is precise and correct in its legal consideration,” said Andi in Supreme Court Office, on Friday (7/19/2019).
Because their cassation was denied, Andi said, Government is asked to issue regulations to manage and stop forest fires in Borneo.
“The lawsuit basically demands government to manage problems related to public interest because local communities don’t feel protected due to ongoing forest fires,” said Andi.
Andi was reluctant to say more on judges’ consideration in deciding the verdict because he doesn’t feel it’s within his authority.
The defendants in this citizen lawsuit are President, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Health, Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Plan, Minister of Agriculture, Central Borneo Governor, and Central Borneo Regional House of Representatives.
Meanwhile the plaintiffs are several environmental activists who joined the Central Borneo Anti Smoke Movement.