thejakartapost.com on December 07, 2011 reported that the Bali Corruption Court got tough during its first trial on Tuesday by ordering that a woman Defendant be kept in custody for the duration of the trial with the presiding judge vowing a speedy trial. Regional corruption courts were established in provinces across Indonesia following a Constitutional Court ruling in 2006 stating that the corruption court in Jakarta lacked both the legal foundation and jurisdiction to process corruption cases from regions outside Jakarta. The performance of the regional courts have been criticized recently for being soft on defendants. Acquittals of graft suspects in Samarinda and Bandung caused public uproar and growing demands for the regional corruption courts to be dissolved. The Bali Corruption Court started its debut trial in a room of the Denpasar District Court. The first case to go to trial was related to the provincial transportation agency’s road signs development project, which covered 80 kilometers of road in Denpasar, Singaraja and Amlapura. The primary defendant is Endah Suparsetyaningsih, 47, the director of Pradana Tehnik, the company that won the bid for the Rp 2.14 billion (US$237,540) project.
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