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A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil (The Jakarta Post)

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Fri, September 17, 2021

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, alongside other top-ranking government officials, has been found guilty of negligence for failing to tackle chronic air pollution in Jakarta, the Central Jakarta District Court ruled on Thursday.

The decision marked the end of a two-year legal battle after 32 residents of Greater Jakarta, grouped under a movement named Koalisi Ibu Kota (Capital City Coalition), sued the President, environment minister, health minister, home minister and the governors of Jakarta, Banten and West Java in 2019.

In their lawsuit, the first of its kind in the country that aimed to hold authorities accountable for air pollution, the plaintiffs demanded that the defendants devise policies to improve air quality…

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