The battle should see a few families pitted against each other in the heat of battle. However, although possibily amusing, it is not the family angle that is interesting but the legal ones. The Advocates Law (No. 18 of 2003) explicitly requires the establishment of a single peak bar association to represent Indonesian advocates. This had been thought to be PERADI.
Interestingly though, the eight bar associations that existed prior to the establishment of PERADI have remained in existence. The question in my mind has always been why were they not dissolved either by default with the establishment of PERADI or by decree or law by the government? PERADI from the outset needed to be above the day-to-day fray in terms of not pandering to any particular interest and remaining politics free. Any failure to do so was always destined to lead to the development of a rival organization.
It is being reported that the KAI claims that 10,000 of the 15,000 registered and licensed lawyers are ready to bail on PERADI and join up with the KAI. If this were true then the ding dong battle I was hoping to see might not eventuate as the KAI seems to have the numbers for a spill! A no confidence motion in the current PERADI leadership and then replacing them would also work. However, the KAI have adopted a position that PERADI is illegitimate and that the KAI is now the legitimate single bar assosciation as envisaged in the Advocates Law.
As I said the legal issues are certainly to be interesting as this is likely to see the Constitutional Court become involved.
I wonder if Todung Mulya Lubis joins KAI does he get his practice certificate (license) back or what?
I will be watching and reporting if any fun stuff happens.