Ethics Council Clarifies Reports on Alleged Violations of Justices’ Code of Ethics

Constitutional Court Ethics Council clarifies reports on alleged violations of code of ethics by constitutional justices, Thursday (1/25/2023). Photo by MKRI/Bayu.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court Ethics Council (Majelis Kehormatan Mahkamah Konstitusi or MKMK) held a meeting to clarify a reports on alleged violations of code of ethics by constitutional justices on Thursday, January 25, 2024. In this meeting, the council clarified that it had received reports in November-December 2023 and January 2024. These reports had been submitted before the inauguration of the three members of the permanent Ethics Counci—Ridwan Mansyur, I Dewa Gede Palguna, and Yuliandri—on January 8, 2024.

“Today’s meeting would concern only technical matters. You are aware that we have just been inaugurated and took an oath of office on January 8, 2024. Then, we heard that you submitted reports to the ad hoc Ethics Council when it was under the leadership of Prof. Jimly [Asshiddiqie],” said chairman I Dewa Gede Palguna.

The complainants and legal counsels attended the meeting: Zico Leonard Djagardo Simanjuntak, Perekat Nusantara and Tim Pembela Demokrasi Indonesia, Andi Rahadian of Sahabat Konstitusi, Alvon Pratama and Junaidi Malau, Tegar Afriansyah and M. Zainul Mustofa, and Taufik Wibisono and Revanka Mulya.

“In relation to that, we must state that in accordance with the Constitutional Court decision on the Ethics Council, we start to work (since) the swearing-in until December 2024. Meanwhile, your reports have been filed, the receipts were given, but they are not registered as cases,” Palguna added.

Ridwan Mansyur, who is a sitting constitutional justice, stated that the Ethics Council do not prohibit any report submitted before the permanent Ethics Council’s term started. Meanwhile, Yuliandri said that the meeting served to obtain the reports documents from the Ethics Council’s secretariat.

“The Ethics Council formally took an oath on January 8, 2024. It exercises it duties since January 8, 2024 until December 31, 2024…. The goal is to respect the reports [submitted before the inauguration] and we invited [the complainants] to explain the conditions,” he added.

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On November 7, 2023, the ad hoc MKMK handed down decisions on ethical violations committed by the constitutional justices. One of the decisions recommended the establishment of a permanent MKMK.

The Court announced the plan to establish a permanent Ethics Council on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Based on the Constitutional Court Regulation (PMK) No. 1 of 2023 on the Constitutional Court Ethics Council, the Ethics Council shall consist of three people comprising one constitutional justice, one public figure, and one academic with background in law. Their term of office spans January 8 to December 3, 2024.

Constitutional Justice Ridwan Mansyur represents active constitutional justices, I Dewa Gede Palguna (constitutional justice for 2003-2008 and 2015-2020) represents public figures, while Yuliandri as an academic from Andalas University represents academics with a background in law.

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Author       : Fauzan Febriyan
Editor        : Nur R.
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

Disclaimer: The original version of the news is in Indonesian. In case of any differences between the English and the Indonesian versions, the Indonesian version will prevail.

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 15:02 WIB 144