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Jakarta turns to legal professional to help with BMW land dispute

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Jakarta   /   Mon, July 8, 2019   /  08:26 pm
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A large excavator digs up soil on the construction site of the BMW Stadium in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta on April 5, 2018.(Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

The Jakarta administration has hired a legal professional, former deputy minister Denny Indrayana, in a bid to raise its chances for victory in an appeal of a land dispute it lost over the BMW Stadium in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, with a private company that claims ownership of the land. The appointment, however, raised a question over the ability of the city’s legal bureau to handle legal disputes. The head of the Jakarta legal bureau, Yayan Yuhana, said Denny was appointed because of his expertise in administrative law as the case would revolve around the issuing of permits. She said it was not the first time the bureau has hired external attorneys for cases related to disputes over assets. The bureau being overwhelmed by cases was also partly behind the appointment of Denny, who was a deputy minister of law and human rights under then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyo...