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Nuril inches closer to presidential pardon

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 17 2019   /  01:00 am

Baiq Nuril Maknun’s plea for a presidential pardon has moved 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’ 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’ consideration” when granting a pardon....