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Jakarta, Indonesia - The trial of the defendant of a sexual harassment allegation, Anand Krishna, was repeated from the beginning, because the head of the team of judges, Albertina Ho, requested the prosecutor to summon 12 main witnesses again, starting from the victim witness, Tara.
“The prosecutor has been given the order to summon the names mentioned below to seek material truth,” said Albertina Ho at the District Court of South Jakarta, Ampera Raya Street, Wednesday (15/6/2011)
Receiving this order, the prosecutor Martha Berliana, expressed her objection. She argues, the trial only needs to read the demand so that hearing the 12 witnesses all over again is not in accordance with the principle of justice which is quick and cheap.
“We object because the result of the previous trials can be read again in the minutes of the trials. This is not in accordance with the principle of the trial,” Martha said.
However, Judge Albertina Ho, who also presided over the case of Gayus Tambunan only noted the prosecutor’s objection. The trial will still continue on Wednesday next week for the hearing of victim witness.
This order is related to the changing of the team of judges presiding over Anand’s case. In the past, since August last year, Anand was tried by Judge Hari Sasangka. But last week Hari Sasangka was replaced by Judge Albertina Ho because he was caught meeting with one of the witnesses out of the court.
Anand’s lawyer considered this meeting as an act which is neither neutral nor objective trying Anand. The lawyer reported the judge’s act to the Judicial Committee. In the meanwhile, the Chairman of the District Court of South Jakarta immediately replaced the 3 judges, who presided over Anand’s case. (Ari/rdf)
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