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Jakarta Post

Medan mother continues 11-year fight for justice

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan, North Sumatra   /   Tue, January 14, 2020   /  03:01 pm
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A defendant stands trial at a Medan district court in this 2017 photo.(The Jakarta Post/Apriadi Gunawan)

Chika Nainggolan has been fighting for justice for 11 years. But instead of helping her find justice for her son and arresting her abusive ex-husband, state prosecutors have asked Chika to pay for plane tickets from North Sumatra to West Kalimantan, where her ex-husband lives, and accommodation for nine people, comprising prosecutors and their staff. They said this was needed to support their work. But to this day, they have shown no signs of settling the case. “I have a recording of prosecutors asking me to pay for airfare and accommodation to arrest Yakub Welfrid [Citra’s ex-husband] in Sanggau, West Kalimantan,” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Chika has reported the request to the Ombudsman of North Sumatra. Her ordeal began in 2007 when she divorced Yakub at a local court in Tebing Tinggi, North Sumatra. At that time, a panel of judges granted Ya...