Mon, 07 Aug 2000

Judges reported over verdicts

JAKARTA (JP): City police detectives are investigating a complaint lodged on Thursday at the city police headquarters by a woman against judges of the Bekasi District Court, a police officer said on Sunday.

The officer, who requested anonymity, said Lizal, 57, had lodged the complaint against presiding judge Abdillah Ismail, judges Rasyikin Azis and Samir Erdi of the Bekasi District Court.

"Liliana received in May a written copy of the verdict in a civil case she was involved in and which she lost. The content in the copy, however, is different from the verdict declared at the Bekasi District Court in February," the officer said, quoting a police report from Thursday.

Separately, Liliana told reporters that the court had declared in February that she had lost a civil case filed by a man identified as Edy Budiman.

"It was stated at the public court hearing that I was to return Rp 316.7 million (US$35,600) to Edy which I was proven to having taken from Edy, plus interest of 4 percent," Liliana said.

"In the written copy of the verdict, it's stated that I have to pay the amount with interest of only 3.5 percent, instead of the 4 percent. Why?"

She said she had no idea what had motivated the judges to have given two different verdicts of the case, of which she has lodged an appeal at the Jakarta High Court. (ylt)