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Jakarta Post

Suit against witness raises concerns

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17 2018   /  12:10 am

An ongoing civil lawsuit against an expert witness, who recently testified against graft convict and suspended Southeast Sulawesi governor Nur Alam, has raised concerns among activists.

They see the case as a setback for antigraft and environmental campaigners.

It all started when Nur filed a suit against Basuki Wasis, an environmental destruction expert from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), on March 12, accusing the later of being reckless in calculating the potential environmental losses in Nur’s graft case, which amounted to Rp 2.7 trillion (US$196 million).

Nur accused Basuki, along with members of his team and the IPB, of committing tort or a wrongful act that causes others to suffer losses and results in civil legal liability for the perpetrator, which is laid out in the Civil Code.

Nur demanded that Basuki, who was assigned by the IPB to do the ca...