Jokowi Urged to Tighten Special Remission for Corruptor Convicts

Yogi Bayu Aji    •    11 Agustus 2015 16:35 WIB
Jokowi Urged to Tighten Special Remission for Corruptor Convicts
Legal Researcher of ICW Lalola Easter. (Photo: MI / Atet Dwi Pramadia), Jakarta: Indonesia Corruption Watch sent a letter to President Joko Widodo, asking for Jokowi not to gave out special remission for corruptor convicts.

Government plans to give remission to several convicts prior to the 70th commemoration of Indonesian independence.

"The letter has been sent yesterday (August 10)," said the Legal Researcher of ICW Lalola Easter to, Tuesday (8/11/2015).

The letter was also forwarded to the Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly. Lalola hoped that the letter will be paid attention to by President Jokowi.

This is the letter delivered to Jokowi related to the 10-year remission:

Mr. Joko Widodo
President of the Republic of Indonesia

Subject: Rejection of 10-year Independence Remission for Corruption Convicts

Dear sir,

In welcoming the 70th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights plans to give remission to all convicts - including on corruption cases. The remission was based on the Presidential Decision No. 120 Year 1955 on the special deduction of sentence on the 10th year of Independence Proclamation (Presidential Decree 120/1955). The amount of remission varies, but the maximum period is only for three months.

As related to the plan, we consider that the 10-year remission of the independence proclamation should not contradict with the Government Regulation No. 99 Year 2012 On the Requirements and Regulations of the Rights Applications of Rehabilitated Convicts (PP 99/2012).

Article 34A paragraph (1) letter a and b of the regulation clearly stated the requirements to be fulfilled cumulatively by corruption convicts trying to earn remission. The requirements are the willingness to work with law enforcers as a justice collaborator; completing the payments of fine and replacement fund according to the court's ruling for convicts imprisoned on corruption cases.

Therefore, we ask President Joko Widodo and Minister of Law and Human Rights to deny any 10-year remissions for corruption convicts - except for those completing the requirements in PP 99/2012. It must be placed into attention as corruption eradication is one of the most important agendas of the government, as the tightening of remission for corruption convicts are part of the National Strategy of the Long Term Corruption Eradication and Prevention Year 2012-2015 (Presidential Regulation No. 55 Year 2012).

According to us, the remission for corruption convicts - which do not meet the requirements - on the Indonesian Independence Day may ruin the image of the government and hurt the spirit of Independence Day, including the freedom f corruption.

Hereby we deliver our requests, thank you for the attention.


Adnan Topan Husodo
Coordinator of Operational Board
Indonesia Corruption Watch

Forwarded to
Minister of Law and Human Rights