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National scene: Court gives death-row inmate second chance

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 16 2016   /  08:16 am

The Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a death-row inmate on Wednesday by deciding that a law that limits clemency appeals to within a year after a verdict is invalid.

“Article 7, paragraph 2 of the 2010 Clemency Law is not legally binding because it conflicts with the Constitution,” Constitutional Court chief justice, Arief Hidayat, said while reading the ruling on Wednesday.

Article 14, paragraph 1 of the Constitution gives the president total prerogative to grant clemency and does not mention a time limit for clemency appeals.

As such, Constitutional Court judge Suhartoyo said that any law limiting a convict’s right to appeal for clemency was “unconstitutional”.

The plaintiff, Suud Rusli, has been on death-row after being convicted of murdering PT Arena Sakti Bakti (Asaba) president director, Boedyharto Angsono, in a case that made headlines...