Dahlan Legal Team Optimistic with Pretrial Lawsuit

TEMPO.CO, Surabaya – The lawyer team for a graft suspect in a case related to the development of electrical relay stations for state-owned electricity firm PLN, Dahlan Iskan, expressed optimism they would win the pretrial lawsuit against the East Java Prosecutor’s Office.

“We are optimistic since we have a strong legal reason,” Dahlan’s lawyer team lead Indra Priangkasa said after attending the first pretrial hearing at the Surabaya District Court said on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Indra viewed that the issuances of letters containing orders of an investigation into suspect naming against and arrest of his client in relation to the case at the same time on October 27, 2016, were legally invalid. According to him, the law states that the suspect naming must be based on witness questioning and evidence findings.

“How is that even possible? On October 27, 2016, witnesses for Dahlan had not been questioned, and evidence had not been obtained but the East Java Prosecutor’s Office named Dahlan as a suspect,” Indra claimed.

The pretrial hearing will be resumed on Monday, November 21, 2016, providing an opportunity for the prosecutor’s office to respond to the question related to the evidence. Dahlan’s legal team has planned to present four expert witnesses and submit a number of letters proving that his client’s suspect naming was illegal.

Dahlan, who served as president director of PT Panca in the period of 2000-2010, was held accountable for the sales of PT Panca’s assets in Kediri and Tulungagung.