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Tanah Abang road closure based on regulation, city legal bureau says

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 13, 2018   /   08:00 am
Tanah Abang road closure based on regulation, city legal bureau says Jakarta Police personnel direct motorcyclists during the closure of Jl. Jatibaru Raya for street vendors on Dec. 22, 2017. (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

The controversial closure of Jl. Jatibaru Raya in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, which is now under dispute, was based on a gubernatorial instruction, an official has said.  

The Jakarta Legal Bureau's chief of development and environment legislation department, Okie Wibowo, said on Monday the instruction was issued on Feb. 6, and was the only legal document that regulated the Tanah Abang market area arrangement. The controversial road closure was implemented on Dec. 22, 2017.

“I have presented [to the police] Gubernatorial Instruction No. 17/2018 on the Tanah Abang arrangement,” Okie told the press after police questioning at the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta as quoted by kompas.com.

However, he said the police did not ask him about the allegations of violating the law, noting that the issue was the domain of the Jakarta Transportation Agency.

Governor Anies Baswedan was reported to the police by the secretary-general of Cyber Indonesia, Jack Boyd Lapian, who accused Anies of violating the law to close Jl. Jatibaru Raya for street vendors.

Other than Jack, the police so far had questioned his fellow activists, Muannas Alaidid and Aulia Fahmi, as witnesses, as well as Jakarta Transportation Agency representatives and several experts. (vla)