Court grants former Jakarta governor Ahok divorce petition, custody of kids after proof of wife's infidelity

Court grants former Jakarta governor Ahok divorce petition, custody of kids after proof of wife's infidelity
Veronica Tan breaking down as she reads a handwritten letter from her husband, former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, during a press conference in Jakarta on May 23, 2017.
PHOTO: AFP

The North Jakarta District Court has accepted the divorce petition of former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama against his wife Veronica Tan and granted the custody of their two younger children to Ahok.

Ahok filed a divorce petition to the court on Jan. 5 over allegations of infidelity on Veronica’s part.

"We have decided the marriage bond be cut off with all the legal consequences," judge head Sutaji told the court on Wednesday.

Former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama filed for divorce from Madam Veronica Tan on Jan 8. Basuki was granted custody of their two younger children.Photo: AFP

The judges also granted the custody of the former couple's younger children, Nathania Berniece Zhong and Daud Albeener Purnama, to Ahok.

Their first child, Nicholas Sean Purnama, will determine his own custody status due to being of age.

The judges found adequate proof of Veronica’s infidelity and said she had neglected her duties as wife by having an affair with another man named Julianto Tio.

Businessman Julianto Tio. 

However, because the former governor is still serving his two-year prison term at the Mobile Brigade Command detention center (Mako Brimob) in Depok, West Java, Veronica will take care of the children before transferring them to Ahok when he finishes his blasphemy sentence.

Veronica, who did not attend all the divorce trial sessions, is also obligated to pay the legal fees of the court proceedings, up to Rp 476,000 (S$43.73)

Ahok is represented by his legal team led by Fify Lety Indra, who is also his sister. 

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