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Deterring corruption

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Social distance: Defendants in a corruption case involving state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya attend the first hearing in the trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court on June 3, 2020.. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Judges across the country should now have no qualms about handing down a life sentence on anyone found guilty of embezzling a huge sum of state money, thanks to a new guideline issued by the Supreme Court on July 24 but only made public on Sunday. Supreme Court Regulation No. 1/2020 stipulates that corruption convicts inflicting at least Rp 100 billion (US$6.88 million) in losses to the state and playing a leading part in the crime can be sentenced to life. The court distinguishes between gross, heavy, moderate and mild corruption cases and prescribes prison sentences ranging from lifetime to one year, depending on the amount of state losses and the role a convict plays in a graft case. The new regulation is hardly a milestone, as three different courts have pioneered the heavy punishment for graft convicts. The South Jakarta District Court sentenced businessman Adrian Waworuntu to...