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Jakarta Post

Govt, House agree on leeway for graft inmates

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 20 2019   /  12:47 am

The government and the House of Representatives have agreed to pass a bill that makes it easier for corruption convicts to get early release from prison, in yet another move that many fear would further undermine the country’s decades-long fight to eradicate corruption.Anticorruption activists have warned that the bill, which would technically remove hurdles for corruption convicts to receive remissions and conditional releases, could be such a “gift” for individuals convicted of graft, including those who are currently serving 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 effectiveness.They agreed that the correctional pr...