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Jakarta Post

No mercy for corruption, terrorism convicts

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 22 2016   /  08:47 am

Given that corruption is still perceived as an ongoing threat to the country, the government’s controversial plan to relax the remission requirements for extraordinary crime convicts has been met with criticism.

As a result of the overcapacity problem faced by many prisons in the country, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has said that the government will revise Government Regulation (PP) No. 99/2012 on procedures and requirements to make it easier for those convicted of extraordinary crimes — including corruption, terrorism and drug trafficking — to acquire remission.

Under the draft revision, the minister wants to scrap the requirement that convicts must cooperate with law enforcers and become justice collaborators, arguing that such an obligation contravenes a convict’s right to remission.

Law expert Bivitri Susanti, vice chairman of the Indone...