Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court held its first session on Wednesday to hear a complaint from the now-disbanded Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), which has challenged the legality of a presidential regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) issued as the legal basis for disbanding the Islamic organization.
Representing the organization is senior lawyer and former law and human rights minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra, who in his first statement to the court asked the justices to decide who should file the complaint in the first place.
"We have a bit of a legal problem regarding the legal standing of who should file the judicial review. We want the panel of judges to provide clarification on this," Yusril told the hearing.
Responding to the statement, Constitutional Court justice I Gede Dewa Palguna said both individuals in the organization or officials representing HTI could file the judicial review.
Earlier this month, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo signed a the Perppu to ban organizations deemed anti-Pancasila. Last week, the Law and Human Rights Ministry issued a follow-up regulation to disband the HTI based on the Perppu. The HTI said it would also challenge the decision at a state administrative court.