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Jakarta Post

Munir supporters decry state's 'injustice'

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 7, 2013   /  03:40 pm

The Supreme Court has reduced the sentence of Pollycarpus Budihari Prijanto, the convicted murderer of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib, from 20 years to 14 years.

The Supreme Court stated in its official site on Monday that the petition was granted on Oct. 2 over Munir's murder and falsifying documents.

Three of the total five justices, including Dudu D. Machmudin, Sri Murwahyuni and Zaharuddin Utama, have approved the judicial review Pollycarpus filed on December, 2011.

Meanwhile, two other justices - Salman Luthan and Sofyan Sitompul -- dissented over '€œsense of justice'€.

"It [Pollycarpus' request] has violated the sense of justice," Salman told The Jakarta Post over a telephone interview.

The Central Jakarta District Court initially sentenced Pollycarpus to 14 years in prison for his role in the murder of Munir.

He later appealed the verdict, but the Jakarta High Court rejected the appeal and upheld it.

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court acquitted Pollycarpus of the murder charges and sentenced him to two years imprisonment for falsifying documents.

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) later challenged the ruling, and was successful increasing the sentence to 20 years.




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