Justice in Indonesia – a topical roundup with no comment from us

Posted: August 2, 2011 in General

Blowing smoke up it?

The PAMEKASAN DISRICT COURT sentenced a woman to time served last Monday. Her crime was stealing a used sarong valued at Rp 3,000 (35 US cents).

The housemaid previously told the court that she stole the garment along with some rice to feed her child. Presiding Judge Rendra Yozar said that Amirah, 30, was sentenced to the time she spent in pre-verdict detention, three months and 24 days, to deter her from breaking the law in the future.

Amirah, whose husband died when her son was three years old, was tried under Article 362 of the Criminal Code for theft, which carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.

HOUSE SPEAKER URGES FORGIVENESS FOR CORRUPTORS The Democratic Party’s Marzukie Alie suggests that “the people forgive all corruptors and ask them to bring their money from abroad, but we tax them” adding that “we are tired of the past”.

Three members of the AMADIYA SECT were murdered and dozens of others severely injured in February. Last week, after trial, the Serang District Court found the 12 defendants guilty of “inciting hatred” and sentenced them to between three and six months in jail. The judge defended the apparent lightness of the sentences by saying the defendants had shown remorse and had been “provoked” by the Amadiyah sect.

TOMMY SUHARTO Hutomo Mandala Putra aka “Tommy” Suharto was convicted and sentenced in 2002 to fifteen years jail for paying a hitman to kill Syafiuddin Kartasasmita, a Supreme Court judge who had convicted him of graft. “Tommy” was actually to spend a total of four years in detention.

Look like a criminal to you?

PRITA MULYASARI a 32-year old mother of two who was charged for defamation of the Omni International Hospital in Alam Sutra, Serpong for writing an e-mail scathing about what appeared to be appalling and inappropriate rent-seeking treatment at the hands of the hospital’s medical staff. She lost and was slapped with a fine of Rp 312 million (subsequently reduced to Rp 204 million) and jailed in Tangerang Penitentiary for three weeks in early 2009.

There have been numerous twists and turns since, primarily as a result of Facebook activism and the astonishing “Coins for Prita” campaign, however, the Supreme Court recently ruled in the hospital’s favour and Tangerang’s chief prosecutor, Chaerul Amir, gleefully told the Jakarta Post recently that “he was ready to imprison the mother of three <for six months> just as soon as official notification of the verdict was received”.

Finally, newly appointed JAKARTA “TOP COP” Gen. Untung S. Rajab said last week that “I have no specific targets to achieve during my tenure”. This may be of comfort to some, if only those planning to steal a 3,000 rupiah sarong.

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