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Prosecutors to appeal against
Asian Agri tax manager
acquittal

Suwir Laut: The tax manager of agribusiness giant PT Asian Agri. Suwir Laut. TEMPO/Amston Probel
Suwir Laut: The tax manager of agribusiness giant PT Asian Agri. Suwir Laut. TEMPO/Amston Probel

Deputy Attorney General Darmono said that prosecutors would challenge the ruling that acquitted former Asian Agri’s tax manager Suwir Laut of all charges. He said the appeal would be filed in the immediate future.

“We are going to prove to the judges of the High Court that this case should not have ended in acquittal,” Darmono told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Previously, Attorney General’s Office (AGO) spokesman Adi Toegarisma had said it would usually need a week before prosecutors decided whether to file an appeal or not.

The panel of Central Jakarta District Court judges ruled that prosecutors had not proven Suwir's guilt beyond doubt during the hearings. Presiding judge Martin Ponto said

the prosecutors had failed to prove that Suwir had manipulated Asian Agri’s tax documents causing Rp 1.2 trillion of state losses.

Martin said the prosecutors’ failure to prove Suwir guilty had left them no choice but to acquit Suwir of all charges.(asa/dic)

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