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Jakarta Post

Govt set to clean up `messy' tax tribunal system

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 26 2010   /  12:11 pm

The recent judicial corruption case involving tax officer Gayus Tambunan has drawn public attention to the tax tribunal system, especially following the publication of data showing that the court often rules in favor of tax payers who appeal. Legal expert and former Constitutional Court chairman, Jimly Asshiddiqie, said the tax tribunal had many loopholes but it was only a small part of the country's messy judicial system. "All of the special courts, like the tax tribunal, are a mess. Let's reform the whole system instead of doing it partially," he told The Jakarta Post over the weekend. Gayus's case has snowballed, bringing down officials at the tax office, the Attorney General's Office and district court with him. Five prosecutors involved in Gayus's case are scheduled to be questioned by National Police on Monday. Indonesia's judicial system currently adopts n...