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Jakarta Post

Desperately reforming legal system

  • Satya Arinanto


Jakarta   /   Tue, May 22, 2018   /  01:20 pm
Desperately reforming legal system Badly hit?: Former speaker of the House of Representatives and one time Golkar Party chief Setya Novanto is pictured in November 2017 at the Medika Permata Hijau Hospital in West Jakarta following an alleged accident. In his trial in the massive e-ID corruption case, his injuries were found to be minor. Setya was sentenced to 15 years in April for embezzling Rp 5.9 trillion (US$424 million). (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama)

In May 1998, six demands for reform resounded throughout the country; almost all were related to the legal system. The effort manifested in the amendment of the 1945 Constitution, which included abolishing the Armed Forces’ (ABRI) dual-function doctrine, reinstating the supremacy of law, respect for human rights, and eradicating corruption, collusion and nepotism (KKN). 

Other aspirations were indirectly connected with the law but required legal means to realize, including regional autonomy, press freedom and democratization. 

Now, 20 years later, most of the demands have materialized. First, the amendment of the 1945 Constitution has produced a new constitution, the contents of which are far more democratic than the original one. 

The success in formulating the new constitution has allowed Indonesia to become a role model...

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