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Supreme Court sets out graft sentences

  • Galih Gumelar

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 6 2020   /  01:00 am
Supreme Court building in Central Jakarta.(Courtesy of the Supreme Court/-)

The Supreme Court has issued a new regulation that encourages judges to sentence those found guilty in high-profile corruption cases that cause massive state losses to life in prison, in a move designed to eliminate years of inconsistent sentencing by the judiciary. The court issued on July 24 a set of guidelines for punishing graft convicts, which are laid out in Supreme Court Regulation (Perma) No. 1/2020. The new regulation provides pointers for determining the appropriate punishment for those found guilty of misappropriating state funds for personal gain, as stipulated in Article 2 of the 2001 Corruption Law. Judges are also advised to hand down appropriate sentences for those convicted of abuse of power or position, as stated in Article 3 of the Corruption Law. Those accused of violating Article 2 of the law can face between four- and 20-years’ imprisonment, as wel...