Judge Dismissed Over Singing Sessions with Lawyer

Fired: Putu Suika.

DENPASAR

A judge from the Denpasar District Court has been dismissed by a panel of his peers after being caught enjoying karaoke sessions with the lawyer for a plaintiff whose trial he was overseeing.

Putu Suika, who was due to retire next year, was dismissed last week for violating the Judges’ Code of Conduct.

He told the panel that he had invited the lawyer, identified as Irfan, to his house on at least three occasions, where they enjoyed karaoke sessions, but he insisted that the meetings came after the relevant case had finished.

“That was after the case reached its verdict,” he said.

Suika also admitted that he had borrowed money from the lawyer in the past, but insisted that the loan had no bearing on his work.

“I did borrow money from Irfan, but that has nothing to do with the case.”

Committee member Sri Murwahyuni said that Suika’s actions had opened him to potential corruption.

“This would make you prone to intervention. This is a violation of the code of conduct,” she said.

The case involved in the accusations was not identified during the hearing, but the panel of judges revealed that Suika had ruled in favour of Irfan’s client without consulting the other judges trying the case. Suika was the presiding judge, most senior of a three-man team.

The chairman of Tuesday’s panel, Djaja Ahmad Jayus, revealed that Suika had committed previous violations of the code of conduct and had come under sanction in the past before moving to Bali.

“He had been deputy chief of Palangkaraya District Court, but he was demoted to regular judge in Mataram District Court after people accused him of embezzling a car,” he said.



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