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Would-be judge would go easy on rapists

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 15 2013   /  10:56 am

A candidate Supreme Court justice told members of the House of Representatives that some rape cases might involve consensual sex and require more lenient sentences.

“Both the victims of rape and the rapist might have enjoyed their intercourse together, so we should think twice before handing down the death penalty,” Daming Sunusi told lawmakers on House Commission III on law and human rights on Monday.

While rape carries a maximum penalty of 12 years’ imprisonment under Indonesian law, Daming might have been referring to recent cases involving rape and murder.

Daming’s comments were greeted with laughter from lawmakers overseeing his “fit-and-proper” hearing.

Democratic Party lawmaker Himmatul Aliya Setiawati, for example, she had no problems with Daming.

 “He has met the criteria from the answers he gave us. Other factions have said ...