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Jakarta Post

Nuril on course to be first defamation convict freed by presidential amnesty

  • Ivany Atina Arbi and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 25, 2019   /  07:19 pm
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Baiq Nuril (center) arrives at the Law and Human Rights Ministry's office in Jakarta on July 8. JP/Dhoni Setiawan. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Baiq Nuril Maknun is not the first — and may not be the last — Indonesian to fall victim to the country’s draconian cyber law, yet she is undoubtedly the first person convicted of defamation on course to being freed by the President. The West Nusa Tenggara woman will also become the first nonpolitical convict in the country’s history to receive amnesty, which is expected to be handed down by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo through a presidential decree. The House of Representatives has given a nod for the President to grant amnesty for Nuril, a former high school teacher sentenced to six months behind bars for defaming her alleged sexual abuser, in a unanimous decision made during a plenary session on Thursday. The plenary concurred with the stance of House Commission III overseeing legal affairs, which agreed by acclamation to recommend t...