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Jakarta Post

N. Sumatra residents demand Supreme Court review verdict on contested state land

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Wed, August 28, 2019   /  01:04 pm
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The disputed land, located in Pasar IV of Helvetia village, Labuhan Deli district, was the center of a corruption case implicating businessman Tamin Sukardi of private firm PT Erni Putera Terari. (Shutterstock/S Curtis)

Hundreds of residents of Helveta in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, have demanded that the Supreme Court review its recent verdict to hand over 106 hectares of land previously granted as a concession to state-owned plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara II (PTPN II) to a private firm and a mass organization. The residents questioned Supreme Court ruling No. 1331, which stipulates that the land be given to plantation firm PT Agung Cemara Realty (ACR) and Islamic organization Alwasliyah, urging that the land be returned to the state. A spokesperson for the residents, Batao Simanjuntak, said the ruling violated the law, arguing that the land should still be in the state’s possession according to a 2002 decree issued by the National Land Agency (BPN). "We suspect a land syndicate was behind the Supreme Court ruling. The ruling should have granted the 106 hectares...