Ethics Council Hears Allegation of Breach of Propriety

Ethics Council chair I Dewa Gede Palguna and members Yuliandri and Ridwan Mansyur presiding over a preliminary hearing on a report by Zico Leonardo Djagardo Simanjuntak, Wednesday (6/5/2024) in a panel courtroom. Photo by MKRI.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — The Constitutional Court Ethics Council (MKMK) held a preliminary hearing on a report by Zico Leonard Djagardo Simanjuntak in a panel courtroom on its second building on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. At the closed hearing presided over by Ethics Council chair I Dewa Gede Palguna and members Yuliandri and Ridwan Mansyur, the Council heard the Complainant’s main points.

In case No. 08/MKMK/L/05/2024, Simanjuntak mentioned that the subject of his report was alleged violation of the principle of decency and propriety by Constitutional Justice Anwar Usman. “As a constitutional justice, he should have accepted restrictions, especially in relation to lawyers whose cases are being heard in the Constitutional Court,” he said before the Council in person.

He said Muhammad Rullyandi is a legal counsel of the General Elections Commission (Respondent) in two election results dispute (PHPU) cases ongoing in the Constitutional Court: DPR-DPRD (House of Representatives-Regional Legislative Council) election cases of South Sumatra Province filed by Sugondo, a Golkar (Party of Functional Groups) candidate and of Bekasi Regency filed by Sarim Saefudin, another Golkar candidate.

On the other hand, at the State Administrative Court (PTUN), the Reported (Constitutional Justice Anwar Usman) presented Rullyandi as an expert for his lawsuit to challenge his dismissal as chief justice. The Ethics Council will follow up this report by summoning the Reported, whose results will be decided at a hearing to deliver the Council’s verdict.

Also read: Court to Officially Establishes Permanent Ethics Council

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

Author              : Sri Pujianti
Editor                : Nur R.
Translator         : Frity Michael br Sembiring/Yuniar W.

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.

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