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Corruption convicts released in accordance with law: ministry

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna H. Laoly, has declared that the release of at least 24 convicts in corruption cases is in accordance with the applicable regulations.

“We just have to comply with the stipulations, the laws say so,” Laoly remarked at the presidential palace here on Friday.

A total of 24 convicts implicated in corruption cases were released from prison on September 6 and 7, either because they had been granted parole or because they had obtained permission before being released.

“Therefore, government regulation number 99 has been revised. There is also a Supreme Court ruling stating that prisoners are entitled to reduced sentences. Therefore, in accordance with the principle of non-discrimination, government regulation number 99 is subject to judicial review. Now, that is why we are preparing the correctional law – to be adjusted in accordance with the judicial review,” he explained.

The Supreme Court revoked and annulled Government Regulation No. 99 of 2012 regarding conditions and procedures relating to the rights of detainees, so the Ministry issued Ministry Regulation No. 7 of 2022 on Law and Human Rights .

In this law, it was stipulated that bribers seeking conditional free surrender had to pay fines and compensation. However, it was not necessary to obtain a statement of willingness to cooperate as stipulated by law enforcement agencies as in the government regulation in question.

“It is no longer possible for us to go against the rules of the judicial review decision on the existing law. It has become a law,” he said.

The revocation of government regulation number 99 of 2012 actually started with the decision of the Constitutional Court number 41 of 2021.

The decision of the Constitutional Court allowed the Supreme Court, by its decision number 28P/HUM/2021, to point out that the articles of “establishment of a stricter rule on discounts” of the government regulation number 99 were contrary to the correctional law and had no binding legal value. Obligate.

The elimination of the Collaborator of Justice requirement in the Supreme Court decision made it a condition for granting rights under Law No. 31 of 2014.

A total of 23 corrupt convicts received parole programs issued by the Directorate General of Correctional Services of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights on September 6, 2022.

The 23 corruption convicts who were granted parole included Ratu Atut Chosiyah, Desi Aryani, Pinangki Sirna Malasari and Mirawati, Syahrul Raja Sampurnajaya, Setyabudi Tejocahyono, Sugiharto, Andri Tristianto Sutrisna, Budi Susanto, Danis Hatmaji, Patrialis Akbar, Edy Nasution, Irvan Rivano Muchtar, and Ojang Sohandi.

Other parolees included Tubagus Cepy Septhiady, Zumi Zola Zulkifli, Andi Taufan Tiro, Arif Budiraharja, Supendi, Suryadharma Ali, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana Chasan, Anang Sugiana Sudihardjo and finally Amir Mirza Hutagalung. Meanwhile, one convict, Jero Wacik, received permission before his release.

The basis for granting conditional rights to inmates in the form of parole refers to Section 10 of the Corrections Act Number 22 of 2022.

Conditions of parole included good conduct, active participation in the training program and demonstrating a reduced level of risk, and having served at least two-thirds of the criminal period provided that two-thirds of the criminal period have been for at least nine months.

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