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Jakarta Post

Courtroom quarrel marks student protester's trial

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 16 2008   /  10:45 am

The absence of a key witness in the trial of student John Irvan for assaulting a police officer triggered heated arguments between the defense lawyers and prosecutors. The witness was Second Insp. Henrico Manurung, the police officer whom John allegedly assaulted in May during a rally protesting against the fuel price rise. The hearing at South Jakarta District Court was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Wednesday with testimony from witnesses other than Manurung. But one lawyer for the defense, J.J. Amstrong Sembiring, said Manurung should have been the first witness, in compliance with trial procedural rules. "We know the key witness is going to testify against our client. But we want the trial to proceed in accordance with the law," he said. The hearing turned into a courtroom drama when the defense and the prosecution became involved in a ...