Supreme Court Judge Promises Death Penalty for Corruption

Last week Supreme Court Justice, Artidjo Alkotsar, promised that he would be the first to sentence the death penalty for corruption. He also suggested the criteria for sentencing the death penalty required development and suggested a figure of Rp. 500 billion ($55 million).

The drums keep beating the war against corruption. From among many judges, only Artidjo Alkotsar loudly promiseed to be the first judge to sentence the death penalty for corruptors in Indonesia.

“I will be the first to sentence death for corruption,” said Chief Justice Artidjo in a seminar forum in Jakarta, Friday (10/02/2012). […]

“Certain acts of corruption ought to qualify for the death penalty as formulated in a series of articles, for example financial corruption resulting in state losses of Rp. 500 billion, so that the parameters are clear,” he said.

Genderang perang terhadap korupsi terus ditabuh. Dari sekian banyak hakim, Artidjo Alkotsar lantang berjanji menjadi hakim pertama yang akan memberikan hukuman mati bagi koruptor di Indonesia.

“Saya yang pertama akan menjatuhkan vonis mati terhadap koruptor,” kata Hakim Agung Artidjo dalam sebuah forum seminar di Jakarta, Jumat, (10/2/2012).  […]

“Seharusnya ancaman hukuman mati itu mengkualifikasikan korupsi tertentu yang tertuang dalam rangkaian rumusan pasal, misalnya korupsi merugikan keuangan negara Rp 500 miliar, sehingga jelas parameternya,” ungkapnya.

Although I’m sceptical about the effectiveness of the death penalty as a deterrence, it’s sure to be popular at the local level.  The need for the death penalty for corruption was something that often came up in my interviews, particularly amongst local activitst.  Somewhat surprisingly many informants used the example of China as a country where the death penalty was deterring corruption.  I’m no China expert but my understanding is that the corruption drive there is highly politicised and that corruption prosecutions are a weapon used in factional struggles for power (see this article from the New York Times, for example).

Detik.com article here.

h/t KP2KKN, here.

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