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Jakarta Post

Nuril inches closer to presidential pardon

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 16, 2019   /  08:58 pm
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Baiq Nuril Maknun (center), convicted of defamation for reporting her alleged sexual harasser, arrives at the Law and Human Rights Ministry in Jakarta on Monday to ask President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to grant her a pardon.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Baiq Nuril Maknun’s plea for a presidential pardon moves on after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo sent a letter to the House of Representatives asking for its consideration in the matter. If granted, Nuril, a West Nusa Tenggara woman sentenced to six months of imprisonment for defaming her alleged sexual abuser, will be the first nonpolitical convict to receive a pardon in the country's history. House Deputy Speaker Agus Hermanto notified lawmakers of Jokowi’s letter at a plenary meeting on Tuesday morning, and the letter was discussed by the House’s consultative body in the afternoon. In the letter, which Jokowi sent to the House on Monday, the President asked for the House’s approval to grant Nuril clemency. Article 14 of the 1945 Constitution states that the President must "take into account the House of Representatives' co...