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Jakarta Post

'Tempo' versus Asian Agri awaits verdict

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 26 2008   /  10:31 am

The public must keep guessing on how the Tempo magazine versus agribusiness giant Asian Agri legal battle will end, as the Central Jakarta District Court delayed announcing the verdict, Monday. The court adjourned reading its decision to the next hearing on Sept. 4, due to rotation of the panel of judges, conflicting schedules with other hearings and procedural problems with one of the judges, the court's clerk Djoko Santoso said. Djoko said one of three judges handling the case, Heru Pramono, had moved to the West Java town of Sumedang following his appointment, as the new district chief there. Heru will assume the new job this week. "Until this morning (before the announcement of the delay), the court could not find a substitute judge. According to our procedure, the court hearing can't proceed with only two judges," Djoko said. Besides, he said,...