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Groups launch fresh attack against MK

The legal fight challenging the appointment of Constitutional Court (MK) justice Patrialis Akbar
has gained momentum following the arrest of the courts former chief justice, Akil Mochtar.
On Wednesday, a coalition of NGOs, including the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation
(YLBHI), Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) and the Commission for Missing Persons and
Victims of Violence (Kontras), submitted new evidence against Patrialis appointment to the
Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN).
The coalition said that Patrialis appointment was illegal because the nomination process was
opaque and shut out the public. The coalition submitted 30 new pieces of evidence to the panel
of judges during the court hearing on Wednesday.
Of the 30, two constitute primary evidence, which are videos. We have requested the panel of
judges play the videos in the next session [Oct. 16], YLBHI director of legal advocacy and
campaigns Bahrain said.
Bahrain said that the first video contained a statement from Law and Human Rights Minister
Amir Syamsuddin, who said that Patrialis had not been subjected to a fit-and-proper test, as he
should have been.
In the video, Amir said Patrialis had only been vetted by an internal mechanism.
The statement contradicted that previously made by Patrialis, who said he had undergone a fitand-proper test at the State Palace. The second video submitted for evidence depicted the
government conducting a transparent process to select Constitutional Court justices in 2008 a
process that was not replicated in Patrialis case.
Bahrain said that Patrialis appointment had violated Article 19 of Law No. 24/2003 on the
Constitutional Court, which stipulated that the names of Constitutional Court justice candidates
should be made public to allow the public to monitor the process.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who made the appointment, inaugurated Patrialis as a
Constitutional Court justice on Aug. 13. Patrialis had previously been dismissed from his
position as law and human rights minister in a Cabinet reshuffle in 2011.
Akil replaced former justice Achmad Sodiki, whose tenure ended on Aug. 15. The coalition filed
the lawsuit challenging the appointment on Aug. 12. Patrialis lawyer, Ainul Syamsu, doubted if

the plaintiffs had any legal standing to challenge his clients appointment.
Our main concern is over the fact that the appointment did not bring any negative impacts on
the plaintiffs, so why are they filing a lawsuit? We would understand if other court justices were
the ones filing the suit because the appointment affects them, but not one of them has raised any
concerns, Ainul said, adding that the appointment was the Presidents prerogative.
He denied the allegation that public participation was absent from the appointment process. The
appointment was supported by a number of social organizations and politicians. Of course,
dissenting opinions are a normal part of this kind of thing.

Pertarungan hukum terhadap pengangkatan Mahkamah Konstitusi ( MK ) keadilan


Patrialis Akbar telah mendapatkan momentum menyusul penangkapan mantan
Ketua Mahkamah Agung pengadilan , Akil Mochtar .
Pada hari Rabu , sebuah koalisi LSM , termasuk Yayasan Lembaga Hukum Indonesia
Aid ( YLBHI ) , Indonesia Corruption Watch ( ICW ) dan Komisi untuk Orang Hilang
dan Korban Tindak Kekerasan (Kontras ) , mengajukan bukti-bukti baru terhadap
janji Patrialis ' kepada Negara Jakarta Pengadilan Tata Usaha Negara (PTUN ) .
Koalisi mengatakan bahwa pengangkatan Patrialis ' tidak sah karena proses
pencalonan itu buram dan menutup publik . Koalisi diserahkan 30 potongan baru
bukti kepada majelis hakim selama persidangan pada hari Rabu .
" Dari 30 , dua merupakan bukti utama , yaitu video . Kami telah meminta majelis
hakim memutar video pada sesi berikutnya [ Oktober 16 ] , " kata Direktur YLBHI
advokasi hukum dan kampanye Bahrain .
Bahrain mengatakan bahwa video pertama berisi pernyataan dari Menteri Hukum
dan Hak Asasi Manusia Amir Syamsuddin , yang kata Patrialis yang belum
dikenakan uji fit and proper , karena ia seharusnya .
Dalam video tersebut , Amir mengatakan Patrialis hanya telah diperiksa oleh "
mekanisme internal " .
Pernyataan itu bertentangan yang sebelumnya dibuat oleh Patrialis , yang
mengatakan ia telah menjalani tes fit and proper di Istana Negara . Video kedua
diajukan untuk bukti digambarkan pemerintah melakukan proses yang transparan
untuk memilih hakim Mahkamah Konstitusi pada tahun 2008 - suatu proses yang
tidak direplikasi dalam kasus Patrialis ' .
Bahrain mengatakan bahwa pengangkatan Patrialis ' telah melanggar Pasal 19 UU
Nomor 24 /2003 tentang Mahkamah Konstitusi , yang menyatakan bahwa namanama calon Konstitusi keadilan Mahkamah harus dibuat publik untuk
memungkinkan masyarakat untuk memantau proses .
Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono , yang membuat janji , diresmikan Patrialis

sebagai hakim Mahkamah Konstitusi pada 13 Agustus. Patrialis sebelumnya telah


diberhentikan dari jabatannya sebagai menteri hukum dan hak asasi manusia dalam
perombakan kabinet tahun 2011 .
Akil digantikan mantan hakim Achmad Sodiki , yang masa jabatan berakhir pada 15
Agustus. Koalisi mengajukan gugatan menantang penunjukan pada 12 Agustus.
Pengacara Patrialis ' , Ainul Syamsu , meragukan jika penggugat memiliki legal
standing untuk menantang janji kliennya .
" Perhatian utama kami adalah atas fakta bahwa pengangkatan tidak membawa
dampak negatif terhadap penggugat , jadi mengapa mereka mengajukan gugatan ?
Kami akan mengerti jika hakim lainnya adalah orang-orang mengajukan gugatan
karena pengangkatan mempengaruhi mereka , tetapi tidak salah satu dari mereka
telah menyuarakan keprihatinan apapun , " kata Ainul , menambahkan bahwa
pengangkatan adalah hak prerogatif Presiden .
Dia membantah tuduhan bahwa partisipasi masyarakat tidak hadir dari proses
penunjukan . " Penunjukan ini didukung oleh sejumlah organisasi sosial dan politisi .
Tentu saja, perbedaan pendapat adalah bagian normal dari hal semacam ini . "