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Cablegate: Avian Influenza Lawsuit Against Usg: Plaintiff

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O 180633Z SEP 08
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0126
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UNCLAS JAKARTA 001768

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

DEPT FOR P, EAP, EAP/MTS, EAP/MLS, EAP/RSP, G/AIAG,
OES/IHA, L, L/DL FOR DICKERSON
USAID FOR ANE/CLEMENTS AND GH/CARROLL
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NSC FOR E.PHU
SECDEF FOR USDP/ISA/APSA D.WALTON

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV TBIO KFLU KLIG ID
SUBJECT: AVIAN INFLUENZA LAWSUIT AGAINST USG: PLAINTIFF
NO-SHOW AT SEPT. 17 HEARING

REF: JAKARTA 1742 AND PREVIOUS

1. (U) This message is Sensitive But Unclassified. Please
handle accordingly.

2. (SBU) Legal proceedings were scheduled to begin in the
Central Jakarta District Court on September 17 in the
avian-influenza lawsuit against the USG and the World Health
Organization (refs). On DEPLU's advice, neither the USG nor
its agent appeared at the September 17 proceedings. Mission
did send an FSN to observe the proceedings.

3. (SBU) The court clerk told an FSN that because the
plaintiff did not attend the proceedings, the hearing was
canceled. The clerk stated that the judge had postponed the
hearing until October 10.

4. (SBU) The court has asked the plaintiff to provide
additional funds for administrative fees. In civil cases,
the plaintiff must pay a fee for the issuance of a summons.
The court has issued three summons to the defendants and
there is no longer any funding available for a fourth
summons. According to the clerk, the plaintiff was asked to
provide additional funds to the court if the plaintiff
intended to continue the case. The plaintiff has not
complied with the court's request.

5. (SBU) If the plaintiff provides additional funding before
October 10, the court could issue a fourth and final summons
to the defendants. If there is a fourth hearing, and the
defendants do not appear, the case could proceed and the
judge could issue a ruling without the defendants present.
The clerk explained that if the plaintiff had not provided
the requested funds before October 10, the clerk would
request that the judge dismiss the case for failure to pursue
the claim.

6. (SBU) There was no press coverage of the court
proceedings.
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