The Jakarta Post
The North Jakarta District Court declared Sulaiman, a resident of Pari Island in Thousand Islands regency and defendant in a controversial land breach case, not guilty on Tuesday.
“The defendant was not proven to be guilty of breaking into a house,” presiding judge Ramses Pasaribu said as he read the verdict, as reported by tempo.co.
Sulaiman was named a suspect by the Thousand Islands Police in April last year after allegedly breaking into a house on land claimed by Pintarso Adijanto, president director of PT Bumi Pari Asri, a company which plans to build a resort on the island.
Pintarso reported Sulaiman to the police. Pintarso claimed he had bought the 4,999 square meter plot of land in 1991.
Sulaiman was charged under Article 385 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) on trespass, which carries a maximum sentence of four years imprisonment.
Sulaiman claimed he been the caretaker of the house since 2013 and that it belonged to a Bogor resident named Surdin who had bought it from a Pari Island resident identified as Matlebar.
“I’m thankful for the judge’s decision,” Sulaiman said after the trial. (vla)