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Defense claims of old age irrelevant: Prosecutor

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 31 2010   /  11:20 am

State prosecutor Ibnu Suud demanded a panel of judges at the East Jakarta District Court resume the trial of Soetarti Soekarno and Rusmini for occupying state-owned houses in Cipinang Jaya, East
Jakarta. In a hearing on Tuesday, Ibnu asked judges to disregard defense pleas that the women were old and had no other housing, saying the claims were irrelevant to the indictment.The defendants, both 78 years old, had occupied the houses, which belong to state-owned pawn broker Perum Pegadaian, with their children and grandchildren for more than 20 years. The women’s late husbands, who were officially recognized as national heroes, were allocated the houses from Perum Pegadaian, where they worked.Ibnu said the substance of the rebuttal statements should have included formal flaws including inappropriate court proceedings, if any, and incomplete charges.Ibnu also refuted defense statements...