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Nuril's amnesty plea gains traction

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, July 8, 2019   /  09:24 pm
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Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly (center) and Baiq Nuril (right) shake hands as lawmaker Rieke Diah Pitaloka (left) looks on after a meeting at the Law and Human Rights Ministry's office in Jakarta on Monday. Nuril, who was sentenced to six months in jail for defaming her alleged sexual abuser, met Yasonna in an attempt to be granted amnesty by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Baiq Nuril Maknun, a West Nusa Tenggara woman who was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for defaming her alleged sexual abuser, has made some progress in her efforts to obtain amnesty from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Officials from both the executive and legislative branches have expressed support for Nuril and the Law and Human Rights Ministry is set to get the ball rolling on her plea for amnesty, which if granted would remove from her all legal consequences of the crime for which she was convicted without her having to admit guilt or express remorse. Nuril arrived in Jakarta on Monday to speak directly to Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly about her case. "I would like to seek justice and I am hoping that President [Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo] would grant me amnesty," Nuril said while holding back her tears at the ministry's of...