KPK commissioner backs
death penalty for corruptors

KPK Deputy Chairman Busyro Muqoddas: (Antara)
KPK Deputy Chairman Busyro Muqoddas: (Antara)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Busyro Muqoddas supports Nahdatul Ulama’s (NU) proposals to sentence corruption convicts to death.

“Corruption is also a human rights violation,” Busyro said Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Busyro said that NU’s recommendation on the death penalty was in line with the corruption law. Article 2 section 2 of the 1999 Corruption Law stipulates that those who found guilty of corruption can be subject to capital punishment in cases of war, natural disasters and crises.

NU, the country’s largest Muslim organization, declared the recommendation during its national conference in Cirebon, West Java, on Saturday.

Apart from the death penalty recommendation, the organization called for members to stop paying taxes to curb rampant corruption in the tax directorate general. The NU also urged the government to review direct election that has been riddled with money politics and horizontal conflicts.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has promised to review the recommendations.

“The government will study and follow up, although we have different perceptions to some of the recommendations,” the president said on Monday. (yps/lfr)

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