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Jakarta Post

Keep the death sentence

  • Ahmad Qisa'i and Pan Mohamad Faiz

Jakarta and New Delhi   /   Wed, August 6 2008   /  10:20 am

In the past week, debate over the pros and cons of using capital punishment in Indonesia has made the news on several TV stations, pitching two opposing camps against each other. The execution of five convicts found guilty of drug trafficking and murder in July 2008 have triggered the question: "Should capital punishment in Indonesia be retained or abolished altogether?" Abolitionists, those who oppose capital punishment, claim the right to life cannot be abrogated, at any cost, by anyone and that the state is responsible for ensuring this. A convict proven guilty of a serious crime cannot be put to death, but should instead be imprisoned for the longest term possible. Second, they argue, the decision by the Indonesian government to ratify the ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) into law No. 12/2005 makes the abolition of capital punishm...