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Life sentence a deterrent

  • Editorial board

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 28 2020   /  05:58 am
Defendants wear face shields and masks as they sit in chairs configured to comply with physical distancing rules on Wednesday, during a hearing of the Asuransi Jiwasraya trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court. JP/Dhoni Setiawan(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

All six defendants tried for their roles in the state insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya corruption case have received life sentences. On Monday and earlier this month, the Jakarta Corruption Court found them guilty of corruption and money laundering that resulted in at least Rp 16.8 trillion (US$1.1 billion) in state losses. That is the maximum sentence the country’s judiciary system can offer, although certain crimes such as natural disaster-related corruption are punishable by death. But the six graft convicts deserve life in prison, given the amount of money they swindled and the widespread impact of their crimes. The scam, which has been called the nation’s biggest fraud case, has undermined public trust in the insurance industry in general, especially in state insurers, compounded by the discovery of corruption in another state insurance company, PT Asabri. The graft c...