The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has suffered another blow in its fight against graft after the South Jakarta Court District ordered it to drop its corruption case on former Makassar mayor Ilham Arief Sirajuddin.
The verdict on Ilham was the first to be delivered following a recent Supreme Court (MA) ruling that allows suspects in criminal cases to file a pretrial motion to challenge the legality of a probe launched against them. The MA issued the ruling on April 28 in response to a judicial review request from PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia official and graft convict Bachtiar Abdul Fatah.
Ilham withdrew his pretrial petition in early April after seeing the court reject similar motions filed by other KPK suspects, but soon reregistered the petition after the MA issued the April 28 ruling.
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