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House, government set to revise ‘colonial’ Criminal Code

  • Ina Parlina and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 8 2013   /  09:28 am

After 49 years, the House of Representatives and the government will begin considering revisions to the outdated Criminal Code (KUHP) and Criminal Code Procedures (KUHAP).

The House has agreed to work on updating the existing KUHP and KUHAP, which many say are nothing but copies of colonial laws. “KUHAP and KUHP are the legacy of the Dutch colonial administration. They are no longer relevant and should be revised,” House’s legal affairs commission member, Ahmad Kurdi Moekri, said as quoted by Antara.

The government, represented by the Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin, submitted the new bills on Wednesday.

Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Indra said the work would begin soon. “We plan to start to discuss them on March 18,” he said, claiming not to have read the draft bills and refusing to comment their content. “Clearly, the PKS agre...