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Jakarta Post

Jokowi fulfils clemency request of death row murderer in Pekanbaru

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru   /   Sun, March 15, 2015   /  09:39 pm

President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo has granted the clemency request filed by Dwi Trisna Firmansyah, 28, an inmate convicted of premeditated murder, and changed his sentence from death to life imprisonment.

Dwi'€™s lawyer, Asep Ruhiat, said he received a copy of the Presidential Decree (Keppres) No.18/G/2015 on the clemency from the Gobah Penitentiary, Pekanbaru, where the convict has been incarcerated for the last three years, on Friday. The Pekanbaru District Court (PN) confirmed the granting of clemency.

'€œPresident Jokowi, through the State Secretariat, decided the Presidential Decree in Jakarta on Feb.13,'€ Asep told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

'€œThe Presidential Decree does not detail considerations on why President Jokowi granted the clemency request, except saying that the convict is eligible to receive clemency,'€ he went on.

Dwi is one of three death row convicts involved in the robbery and planned killings of Agusni Bahar, owner of the Niagara Ponsel store on Jl. Kaharuddin Nasution, Pekanbaru, and his son, Dodi Haryanto.

The two other convicts involved in the crime, Candra Purnama, a.k.a. Hendra, and Andi Paula, are also being held at the Gobah Penitentiary.

The three convicts brutally killed their victims when they were performing the Subuh prayer on April 16, 2012. They robbed their victims of one Daihatsu Terios car, two motorcycles, 12 mobile phones, dozens of cell phone vouchers, vehicle ownership documents (BPKB), vehicle registration certificates (STNK) and three bags containing a sum of money. The three criminals later fled to Palembang, South Sumatra before the police arrested them.

The PN Pekanbaru'€™s judicial panel led by Ida Bagus Dwiyantara sentenced the three suspects to death in a trial on Sept. 25, 2012. The judge'€™s sentence was harsher than that demanded by the prosecutors, who requested life imprisonment for all three suspects.

The judicial panel ruled that Asep was guilty of spying on the victims'€™ activities before he and the two other suspects perpetrated their crimes. The court also said Asep was proven guilty of participating in the murder of their two victims.

The judge sentenced him to death for violating the Criminal Code'€™s (KUHP) articles 340 and 55 on planned murder. Asep previously filed an appeal and for a case review '€“ both were rejected by the Pekanbaru High Court and Supreme Court '€“ before he requested clemency from the President. (ebf)(+++)

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