Four Chevron Pacific Indonesia employees will have their cases heard during a pretrial motion at the South Jakarta district court at the beginning of next week.
“The first session will be held on Monday, Nov. 19,” M. Samiadji, a judge at the South Jakarta district court, said on Saturday.
He added that he and three other judges would lead the trial proceedings, since the four employees filed separate cases. The other judges presiding are Ari Jiwantara, Suko Harsono and Hariono.
The four Chevron employees are suspects in a graft case related to a Chevron bioremediation project.
After being in custody since Sept. 26, the suspects claimed that AGO investigators had no legal basis to arrest them. They have since been granted an appeal.
The AGO alleges that CPI was paid $23.4 million in recovery costs by BPMigas for the bioremediation project at Duri that was never completed. Chevron appointed Green Planet Indonesia and Sumigita Jaya to recover the polluted soil via bioremediation.
AGO investigations reveal, however, that both companies did not have the technical qualifications or certification from the authorities to manage the waste.
CPI has denied the charges, and BPMigas has reiterated that the state lost nothing from the site clean-up project. CPI claimed that all costs related to its project had been borne by the company, and were not yet included in the cost recovery program.
The AGO said that based on the audit report completed by the State Finance Development Comptroller (BPKP), $9.9 million in state losses were accrued.
However, the four suspects insist that there have been no state losses accumulated in this case, so the investigators had no right to detain them.