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Supreme Court denies politicking in KPC ruling

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 1 2010   /  11:34 am

The Supreme Court denied Monday widespread allegations that its decision to favor coal-mining company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) in a tax dispute with the government was "politically charged". "There was no intervention from anyone toward that ruling. If some people say that there was intervention, please prove it!" the court's spokesman, Hatta Ali, said. KPC is a subsidiary of PT Bumi Resources, a giant coal producer partly owned by the Golkar Party chairman, Aburizal Bakrie's company, PT Bakrie & Brothers. The company has allegedly evaded Rp 1.5 trillion (US$160.5 million) in taxes. The court's ruling has drawn widespread public criticism. Some lawmakers at the House of Representatives have demanded the Judicial Commission investigate to see if there were indications of violations of the judge's code of conduct by the Supreme Court judges who rejected the tax office...