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Jakarta Post

Court starts trial despite absence of city officials

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 12 2010   /  11:54 am

The Central Jakarta District Court on Wednesday held a court session to try a class action lawsuit from Facebook users who opposed the erection of the “Barry dreams come true” statue in Menteng Park, Central Jakarta.

During the short hearing, a panel of judges verified the identities of the five plaintiffs representing more than 50,000 Facebook users who had joined a movement called “Take Down the Obama Statue from Menteng Park” set up on the social networking site.

“We will resume the hearing next Wednesday and again summon representatives of the defendants because none of them were present,” presiding judge Marsudin Nainggolan said.

The five plaintiffs — Heru Nugroho, Protus Tanuhandaru, Daniel Rudi Haryanto, Andes Soesman and FX Agung Bimo Sutedjo — filed the suit against the governor, the mayor and the Jakarta Parks and Cemeteries Agency, saying t...