Judicial Commission: Weak Investigations and Indictments Facilitate Corruption Acquittals

Some interesting comments yesterday from the Head of Judicial Commission’s monitoring body, Suparman Marzuki, acknowledging weak investigations (penyidikan) and prosecution (penuntutan) as a key reason for acquittals in corruption cases.  He also acknowledged that the Commission does not have sufficient resources to properly monitor the courts across the country.  The comments from detik.com (here):

“There are many possibilities the influence a judge’s ruling,” the Head of Monitoring and Investigation of the Judicial Commission, Suparman Marzuki, told AFP on Monday (05/03/2012).

According Suparman, acquittal may result from a weak investigation. In addition, the preparation of a weak indictments is also an important factor in deciding court’s decision.

“But there may also be mistakes in the judge’s ruling,” he continued.

In addition, Suparman acknoweledged that the lack of resources meant the agency [Judicial Commission] is unable to cover all regions of Indonesia.

“Ada banyak kemungkinan yang terjadi dalam putusan hakim,” kata Ketua Bidang Pengawasan Hakim dan Investigasi Komisi Yudisial, Suparman Marzuki, kepada detikcom, Senin (5/3/2012). 

Menurut Suparman, putusan bebas bisa saja diakibatkan dari proses penyidikan yang lemah. Selain itu, proses penyusunan surat dakwaan yang tidak kuat juga menjadi faktor penting majelis dalam memutuskan seseorang.

“Tapi boleh jadi ada yang nggak beres dalam putusan hakim,” lanjutnya. 

Meski begitu, Suparman mengakui, jika kendala utama dari lembaganya adalah kekurangan sumber daya yang mampu meng-cover seluruh kawasan di Indonesia.

h/t KP2KKN’s media archive blog, here.

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One thought on “Judicial Commission: Weak Investigations and Indictments Facilitate Corruption Acquittals

  1. […] This could be true but unfortunately the article doesn’t provide any evidence that this hypothesis should be taken seriously as an explanation of acquittals in the new regional corruption courts. I’ve not been looking systematically at these courts but my reading of the news in Central Java suggests it has less to do with “genuine fault” and more to do with compromised judges and/or prosecutors. Indeed, as I noted in an earlier post, this is the view of the Judicial Commission–see here. […]

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