Thursday, 19 July, 2012 | 12:11 WIB
Sampang Shiah Case was Correct, Says Commission
TEMPO Interactive, Surabaya:Judicial Commission member Ibrahim, believes that the trial of a blasphemy case held at Sampang District Court conformed with court rules.
"The way I see it, the judge did have the authority to accelerate the trial," Ibrahim said in Surabaya on Tuesday.
Ibrahimís statement was in response to allegations that the proceedings against the defendant, Sampang Syiah leader Tajul Muluk were forced because of the short time between the reading of the defendantís plea and the ruling.
The reading was held on Monday, July 9, and the decision was handed down on Thursday, July 12, despite the fact the plea took up to 11.5 hours to read out in court.
"There are practices that prior to the final stages of the reading, judges may already know how the defense will unfold and can already prepare a draft of the decision," said Ibrahim.
In addition, he said, judges in Indonesia were also asked to give a proceeding course that is cheap, fast and simple. "As long as there is no violation of the civil law, the trial was legal," he said.
If any party objects to the court proceedings they are welcome to take the issue to the Judicial Commission, said Ibrahim.
Previously, coordinator of the Working Group of the Advocacy on Religious Freedom (AKBB Working Group), Akhol Firdaus, PN Sampang, said the judge's decision seemed forced.
"It makes no sense, just three days for the judge to hear the defense plea that is 239 pages long," said Akhol.