ICW Urges End to Sentence Reductions for All Corruption Convicts

Former taxman Gayus Tambunan, center, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. (Antara Photo/Novrian Arbi)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 6:16 PM August 19, 2014
Category : News, Featured, Corruption

Graft convict Gayus Tambunan, third from left, received a sentence cut on Aug. 17 as part of Independence Day celebrations. (Antara Photo/Novrian Arbi) Graft convict Gayus Tambunan, third from left, received a sentence cut on Aug. 17 as part of Independence Day celebrations. (Antara Photo/Novrian Arbi)

Jakarta. A prominent corruption watchdog has urged Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin to make sure that no corruption convict will receive another sentence cut.

Agus Sunaryanto, deputy coordinator at Indonesia Corruption Watch, said the sentence cuts that are still given to some corruption convicts — most recently as part of Independence Day celebrations — are not aiding the nation's fight against graft.

Agus said that a circular issued last year to modify an earlier decree banning sentence cuts for people jailed for corruption, drug offenses and terrorism should be revoked.

According to the 2013 circular, corruption convicts whose verdicts were finalized before the decree was issued — Nov. 12, 2012 — can still receive sentence cuts. Based on this circular, it was possible for notorious graft convicts like Gayus Tambunan, Anggodo Widjojo, Urip Tri Gunawan and Mochtar Mohammad to have their jail terms slashed last Sunday.

"The [2013] circular makes the [2012] decree discriminative, because now it only applies to 'new' corruption convicts — or those whose verdicts are final after 2012," Agus said on Tuesday. "The 'old' corruption convicts ... can still receive sentence cuts."

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief Abraham Samad has criticized the practice of giving corruption convicts sentence cuts on Independence Day or other holidays, insisting that only justice collaborators or whistle-blowers deserved such treatment.

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