Seizure of Equa­nim­ity ruled in­valid

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

JAKARTA: An In­done­sian court yes­ter­day ruled the seizure of lux­ury yacht Equa­nim­ity by au­thor­i­ties here was in­valid and with­out le­gal ba­sis.

“We de­clare the con­fis­ca­tion by po­lice as in­valid and legally base­less,” Jus­tice Rat­moho ruled at the South Jakarta District Court.

On Feb 28, po­lice seized the 92m, Cay­man Is­lands-reg­is­tered su­per yacht off Bali.

Rat­moho said the seizure should have been car­ried out “un­der the re­cip­ro­cal le­gal as­sis­tance frame­work as stip­u­lated by a 2006 law, which gives the man­date to the Law and Hu­man Rights Min­istry”, and not the po­lice.

The judge also said there has been no court rul­ing that the owner of the yacht com­mit­ted a crime, re­ported Sin­ga­pore-based The Straits Times.

“(If) there is no (proven) crime, there should not be any con­fis­ca­tion,” he said.

Andi Si­man­gun­song, a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing Equa­nim­ity Cay­man Ltd, said ear­lier this month the yacht was not linked to any crim­i­nal case in In­done­sia, there­fore the lo­cal po­lice had no au­thor­ity to seize the ves­sel.

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