Grumblings about the frequent and now large remissions for Marijuana Queen Schapelle Corby.
Australian Schapelle Leigh Corby, sentened in 2005 to twenty years jail for trafficking 4.2 kg of marijuana into Bali, was recently granted a remission of five years by president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, which could see her released in 2017, or likely earlier.
The decision to lop five years off her sentence has angered some in the country, with former Justice minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra leading the charge.
Yusril has been retained by an anti drugs group, the "Gerakan Nasional Antinarkoba dan Psikotropika" (Granat) to challenge the decision on legal/constitutional grounds.
Yusril argues that an amendment to the UUD 1945 basic law requires that the president seek advice from the Constitutional Court when bestowing his clemecy on convicted felons, and that SBY failed to do so in the Corby case. mediaindonesia
Other sour reactions to the Corby clemency came from Aboe Bakar Alhabsy, a Justice Party/Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) politician, who complains that this is the tenth time Corby has received a remission, and that Corby is now even being considered for parole or conditional release. He said: jawapos
To be honest I'm confused, supposedly the government is committed to the fight against drugs, supposedly there is a moratorium on granting remissions to drug traffickers, but now the Marijuana Queen gets another remission and may even be conditionally released soon.
While Ibnu Aspelu, the principal of Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Negeri in Palangka Raya, vociferously condemned the five year sentence cut, saying that foreigners who committed crimes in Indonesia, especially drug crimes, should receive no mercy, and that the decision by SBY made no conceivable sense. antara