Court allows PKS founder to sue party officials
Yusuf Supendi (JP)A panel of judges at South Jakarta District Court has ruled in favor of Yusuf Supendi, one of the founders of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), who filed a civil lawsuit against the party's top brass over his alleged unfair dismissal.
“The court allows the plaintiff to continue to sue the party officials because his reasons for suing them are seen as legitimate,” presiding judge Subyantoro said Tuesday as quoted by tribunnews.com.
Earlier, Yusuf requested compensation — to the tune of Rp 42.7 billion — from 10 of the party's top officials for what he said was his unfair dismissal from the party several months ago.
Yusuf said the dismissal had caused his wife to suffer from high blood pressure and he also lost many preaching requests because many people had perceived his dismissal from the party as problematic.
Because of his dismissal, Yusuf also lost his seat at the House of Representatives.
“The unfair dismissal has caused both material and immaterial damages to me and therefore I demand fair compensation to restore both my life and dignity,” he said.
Yusuf is requesting compensation from, among others, Tifatul Sembiring, Anis Matta, Fachri Hamzah, Hilmy Aminudin, Lutfi Hasan Ishaq and Salim Segaf al Jufri.