Patrialis agrees to revoking
jail-term cut, clemency
to graft convicts

The Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar has agreed on a discourse on revoking jail sentence remission and clemency toward graft convicts.

“I can’t agree more if [the clemency abolishment] is part of the justice and political movement in the country. I don’t see any problem with it at all,” Patrialis said during a hearing session on Attorney General Law at the Judicial Court on Tuesday as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

However, Patrialis reminded that the international law stipulated amnesty toward convicts.

“We take the international law as a guide. The law stipulates clemency toward ailing convicts. If we keep them jailed, we will violate their rights,” he added.

Previously, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had pardoned former regent and graft convict Syaukani Hasan Rais, who is suffering from ill health, prompting Syaukani’s release from prison.

Moreover, the Justice and Human Rights Ministry also granted a sentence reduction for several graft convicts, including Bank Indonesia former senior deputy governor Aulia Pohan and businesswoman Artalyta Suryani.

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