The case brought before the Indonesian administrative courts (PTUN) challenging the legal basis for the presidential remission granted Australian Schapelle Corby got underway on Wednesday, June 26, 2012.
The landmark case in which Granat – a community-based anti-narcotics organization is challenging the President’s authority to reduce or remit punishment for those convicted of drug crimes drew many members of the print and electronic media to the Jakarta courtroom. But, at 10:30 am, when the hearing was set to begin, the members of the press were abruptly ushered out of the hearing room as the hearing was suddenly ordered to be held behind closed doors.
According to detik.com, security guards abruptly screamed “out, out” as they herded the press out of the PTUN hearing room in East Jakarta.
The secretive nature of the hearing extended beyond members of the press and included also the plaintiffs in the case. Granat were allowed by the court to send only one member of the organization to the proceedings.
When the hearing began those present in the room were limited to the panel of three judges, six lawyers representing Granat and five representatives of the government.
The press is reportedly still trying to discover why the proceedings were suddenly held behind closed doors.
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