LBH Jakarta files civil lawsuit against Jokowi for online loans

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TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) planned to file a civil suit against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, the Department of Communications and Information, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) in the Central Jakarta District Court. , and the House of Representatives (DPR).

“It is planned [to be filed] next week. The lawsuit is ready, but we have not yet set a date, ”said the institute’s prosecutor, Jeanny Sari Sirait tempo today, October 26th.

The LBH considered several factors for the lawsuit, including the far lack of government response to various online loan cases, the lack of rules for online loans in terms of interest rates, administrative costs, registration and personal data protection.

According to Jeanny, the LBH has been campaigning for victims of illegal online lending for three years and is conducting research including policy briefs. The LBH is also setting up a complaints service point for the public.

The LBH urges the government to put strict regulations in place in relation to the online lending business. “But every time it is asked, the authorities always reply that it is still in the regulatory process,” she added.

From 2018 to early 2021, LBH Jakarta received 5,000 complaints related to credit issues allegedly related to laws and human rights abuses.

A spokesman for the Financial Services Authority (OJK) Sekar Putih Djarot has not yet responded to Tempo ‘s call for a civil suit. President Jokowi’s Special Representative for Legal Affairs Dini Shanti Purwono said her side was still awaiting the lawsuit. “Since this is just a plan, we are waiting for a copy of the complaint to provide an answer,” she said.

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