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Jakarta Post

Prosecution of petty criminal cases: The death of civilian justice

  • Donny Syofyan

Padang   /   Fri, January 13 2012   /  10:17 am

Justice remains out of reach for most civilians in this country. Though the 15-year-old boy, identified as AAL, accused of stealing a police officer’s sandals in the Central Sulawesi capital of Palu, has been released from any further punishment, the case caused a public uproar across the nation. There were hundreds of people donating used sandals in a rebuke of what was deemed an absurd and heavy-handed prosecution.

As if the case was not enough, a new banana saga is now under the spotlight, as Kuatno and Topan were charged with stealing 15 banana bunches in Cilacap, Central Java.

In response to the case, the local branch of the Muhammadiyah Students Association (IMM) launched a drive that aimed to gather 1,000 bananas for Kuatno and Topan last Friday (Jan. 6, 2012).

Kuatno and his friend, Topan, have been in police detention since Nov. 11, 2011, when they were ...