Balipost.com reports that the on-again off-again criminal prosecution of Indonesian film star may be moving closer to an official indictment before the Bali Courts for property fraud.
An Indonesian procedural court ruled in October 2016 that the Bali Police had acted incorrectly in halting an investigation (SP3) against the actor in connection with charges of embezzlement and fraud involving a villa in Kedewatan, Bali owned by an Australian businessman.
Following that decision, the police re-opened their investigation against Thomas and, according to Balipost.com, his case file has entered “Phase One” of a judicial process by being sent to State Prosecutors. During the first phase, Prosecutors will review the police file and send it back, if necessary, for clarification and corrections by the investigating police officers. Files updated and in hand, in “Phase Two” prosecutors will move on to examine the corroborative evidence files before finally bringing the case to trial in “Phase Three.”
A spokesman for the Bali Prosecutor’s Office, Murni Parayanti, confirmed on Friday, March 17, 2107, that the police file naming Jeremy Thomas as a suspect was now in the hands of her office and had been assigned to a lead investigator.
As the case moves forward to trial, the Bali Courts can ask that Thomas being taken into custody if doing so is considered necessary to the trial process, public safety or if the defendant is deemed a flight risk.
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