INDONESIA – The Supreme Court has received a cassation appeal filed by the government against a Palangkaraya High Court ruling that found President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo liable in the disastrous forest fires in Central Kalimantan.
Court spokesman Abdullah said the Supreme Court’s administrative division was still checking the completeness of the appeal dossier, after which it would be handed over to the clerks’ division to be given a registration number.
“We cannot be sure when [the case will be processed] but it will not be too long, possibly within one month at the maximum,” Abdullah said on Tuesday adding that the government would get no privilege from the court in handling the case.
Palangkaraya High Court ruled on Aug. 22 upholding the Palangkaraya District Court’s ruling issued in March last year, which sided with environmental activists from Central Kalimantan who filed a citizen’s lawsuit against the government on the 2015 fires that caused the nation’s worst-ever haze crisis.
The activists filed the lawsuit against the President and his Cabinet ministers, including the environment, agriculture and health ministers as well as the Central Kalimantan governor and Central Kalimantan Regional Representative Council (DPRD).
In the ruling, the District Court ordered Jokowi to issue a regulation to support the implementation of the 2009 Environmental Protection and Management Law to prevent and control forest fires with the involvement of members of the public.