Western firms have little legal recourse in Indonesia

04/24/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A company run by Tommy Suharto, the son of Indonesia's late dictator, is being sued for $145 million by a group of Western maritime firms over unpaid vessel-leasing fees. The case highlights the risks companies run when they do business in Indonesia, where both the business world and the court system are notoriously corrupt. "When international companies approach me with a foreign judgment that they wish to get enforced in Indonesia, I tell them I doubt success," said Indonesian lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis.

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