President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo conveyed support of 'heavy punishment' for corruptors and drug dealers. (Photo courtesy of the Cabinet Secretariat)

Jokowi Conveys Support for Harsh Sentences for Convicted Corruptors and Drug Dealers


MARCH 03, 2018

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Thursday (01/03) expressed approval toward recent steps taken by the Supreme Court to uphold justice in the archipelago and conveyed support of "heavy punishment" for corruptors and drug dealers.

In a statement issued by the Cabinet Secretariat, Jokowi said during an annual plenary meeting in Jakarta that the government will continue to support the Supreme Court to realize a clean, fair and dignified justice system.

"[A Supreme Court] that gives heavy punishments and serves as a deterrent effect towards corruptors, drug dealers, terrorists, and anyone who harms Indonesia’s unity and obstructs our justice,” Jokowi said during his keynote speech.

The president on Thursday appointed Insp. Gen. Heru Winarko as the new chief of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), replacing now retired Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso.

According to a statement, Heru said he will continue Budi's policies, which on various occasions, the former BNN chief instructed law enforcement officers "not to hesitate to shoot to kill [drug dealers] if they have to."

Praises for the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court issued several regulations to guide its operations recently, a move deemed "progressive" by Jokowi.

This includes an improved case management system – now comprise of a quality control mechanism – and digitalization of the case files.

Last July, Supreme Court Chief Justice Hatta Ali issued guidelines for trials of women’s cases. The new regulation prohibits judges from asking questions that discredit women – such as those related with their clothing – in sexual assault trials, among other things.

The new and progressive approaches are strengthening public trust and foreign investment trust in the country, Jokowi said.