KPK to Quit Discussions on Sentence Remissions for Graft Convicts

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)

By : Fana Suparman | on 4:41 PM August 18, 2016
Category : News, Corruption

Jakarta. The head of the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, says the antigraft agency will quit discussions on the revision of a government regulation barring graft convicts from receiving sentence reductions if the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights insists on relaxing remission requirements.

According to the planned revision, the requirement to become a justice collaborator will be removed and convicts will only need to show good behavior and serve at least one third of their sentences to get their prison time reduced.

Current regulations allow remission or parole only if convicts collaborate with law enforcers to solve corruption cases, pay fines as ordered by the court, behave well in prison and serve at least a third of their sentences.

"I told the law division of the KPK to reject the easy remission plans for graft convicts. If they don't agree with us, we will leave the discussions," KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo told reporters at the agency's offices in Jakarta on Wednesday (17/08).

Agus said the KPK will send a letter to Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to explain the agency's standpoint.

On Independence Day, 428 graft convicts received sentence remissions, including former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin and disgraced former tax official Gayus Tambunan.

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