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Govt, House agree on bill intended to help corruption convicts get early release

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 19, 2019   /  05:08 pm
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Former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto (right) arrives to undergo interrogation at the Corruption Eradication Commission building in Jakarta in September 2018.(Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The government and the House of Representatives have agreed to pass a bill that would make it easier for corruption convicts to get early release from imprisonment, in yet another move that many fear would further undermine the country’s decades-long fights to eradicate corruption. Anticorruption activists have warned that the bill, which would technically remove hurdles for corruption convicts to receive remission and conditional releases, could be such a “gift” for individuals convicted of graft, including those who are currently serving their sentences. House Commission III overseeing legal affairs and the government concluded on Tuesday evening the deliberation of a revision to a 1995 law on correctional procedures, hours after passing revisions to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law that neuter the antigraft body’s independence and effective...