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Jokowi, Supreme Court slammed for showing leniency to corruption convicts

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 11 2019   /  12:44 am

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s stance on corruption eradication has been called into question, particularly after a string of sentence remissions and clemency granted to corruption convicts, while the judicial system has also caused concern.On Oct. 25, Jokowi issued clemency to former Riau governor Annas Maamun, who was convicted for accepting bribes of Rp 1.5 billion (US$107,137) for a forest conversion that caused Rp 5 billion in state losses. The clemency was made on humanitarian grounds since Annas, now 79, is considered to be too old to live in a correctional facility and he is suffering from ill health.The recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of former social affairs minister and Golkar Party politician Idrus Marham sparked public outrage as Idrus’ initial five-year sentence was reduced to two years. Idrus was found guilty of accepting Rp. 2.25 billion in bribes in return...