Newly appointed Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin gained praise in his first days in office following his pledge to impose a moratorium on granting remissions to corruption and terrorism convicts.
Amir, a member of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, said outlawing prison sentence cuts for graft and terrorism convicts was one of his priorities.
Teten Masduki of Transparency International Indonesia said he welcomed Amir’s pledge, but warned the new minister to make good on his promise.
“Repeated penalty remissions for corruption convicts have negated the ‘shock effect’ of imprisonment. Those convicted for corruption only serve a few months in jail. That does not make others afraid of committing corruption,” he said.
“Amir has made a good first impression. Now, our duty is to closely monitor him as he accomplishes his...