Imparsial Criticizes Attorney General on Death Penalty, Right to Life Must be Protected

Kompas.com – 29/10/2021, 19:57 WIB

Writer Achmad Nasrudin Yahya | Editor Kristian Erdianto

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Imparsial criticized the attitude of Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin who considered the implementation of the death penalty in major corruption cases.

Imparsial Director Gufron Mabruri stated that the application of the death penalty is related to a person's universal right to life. "This means that anyone regardless of their status and background, these rights must be guaranteed and protected," said Gufron to Kompas.com, Friday (29/10/2021).

Gufron said that the problem of corruption, which is currently increasingly systemic, must be the concern of all parties and must be eradicated.

However, in the context of the punishment for perpetrators of corruption can be done in other ways, without having to apply the death penalty.

"For example, the seizure of assets, the goal is to impoverish the corruptors," said Gufron.

As previously reported, the Attorney General is reviewing the possibility of applying the death penalty in prosecuting cases of alleged criminal acts of corruption.

Burhanuddin referred to major corruption cases handled by the AGO, such as the corruption cases of PT Asuransi Jiwasraya and PT Asabari which caused large state financial losses.

"The Attorney General is reviewing the possibility of applying the death penalty in order to provide a sense of justice in the prosecution of the case. Of course, its implementation must continue to pay attention to the applicable positive law and human rights (HAM) values," said Head of the Attorney General's Office for Legal Information, Leonard Eben Ezer Simanjuntak, in his statement, Thursday (28/10/2021).

According to Leonard, apart from causing state financial losses, the Attorney General considers the broad impact caused by corruption cases.

The state financial losses in the corruption case of PT Asabri reached Rp 22.78 trillion. Meanwhile, state financial losses in the corruption case of PT Jiwasraya amounted to Rp. 16.8 trillion.

“It has had a wide-ranging impact on both the community and the soldiers. The Jiwasraya case concerns the rights of the people and the rights of employees in social security,” said Leonard.


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