Comments: Death becomes them
Paper Edition | Page: 8
July 24, p. 6
A pair of government officials, convicted of embezzling state funds and accepting bribes, was executed before a firing squad after their appeals were denied.
Fortunately, it did not happen here in Indonesia, but in China, where corruption is equally entrenched.
But the death penalties meted out last year against Xu Maiyong and Jiang Renjie, respectively former vice mayor of Hangzhou and former vice mayor of Suzhou in China, may someday be handed down to convicted Indonesian grafters in a bid to inject new energy into the country’s fight against corruption.
The burden of proof lies with the suspect. If they have fancy cars, big houses, or large bank accounts, they need to prove how these things were acquired.
If they can’t, they need to be frozen and confiscated.