Dwiarso Budi Santiarto: No One Pressured Us
Judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto agreed to be interviewed by Tempo last week. The interview was conducted during the judges hour-long Transjakarta bus trip home. He was interviewed by Tempo reporter, Gadi Makitan.
There have been mixed reactions to the Basuki verdict. How did you face public protests every time a hearing took place?
The pressure was great, but many policemen were present. It was no problem. I…
Things happened quickly, beyond the expectations of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and his legal team. Right after the panel of judges at the North Jakarta Administrative Court found Basuki guilty, on Tuesday last week, the prosecutor asked to meet with Basuki outside the courtroom. 'Come one, let's chat out back," said one prosecutor.