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Decision on Whether or Not Tiara Grosir in Denpasar, Bali Can Remain Open is Now Before the Supreme Court

(1/27/2013) Almost an entire month after the expiration of the lease on the Tiara Grosir Supermarket on Jalan Cokroaminoto in downtown Denpasar, the business continues to operate from the premises owned by the municipality of Denpasar.

The supermarket has been ordered to vacate its premises at the end of December and return the land to the City.

Regulations prohibit the extension of a private lease on government land prompting the official order to quit the premises. Determined to continue its business, Tiara Gosir is trying to appeal the order through the legal system.

As reported by Denpost, the head of the legal department for the municipality, Made Toya, confirmed that the Denpasar authorities were awaiting a formal legal decision from the Supreme Court before making their next move. “We are aware that the contract (for the lease) has ended. The deadline for Tiara Grosir to move camp has passed. But we are not prepared to recklessly close or seal the Tiara Grosir. We are waiting for the legal process to conclude,” Toya explained.

An initial judicial appeal of Denpasar’s refusal to extend Tiara’s lease ruled in favor of the government at the Denpasar Administrative Court (PTUN). A further appeal by Tiara Grosir to the High Administrative Court (PTUN) ruled in favor of the supermarket’s desire to continue to operate their business from the location. That decision is now undergoing a final appeal before the Supreme Court who has the final say in the case.

The Denpasar municipality plans to use the land to set up a trading center for small-sized enterprises.

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