JAKARTADAILY.ID - The Supreme Court decided to grant remission on the criminal sentence of the corruption suspect Edhy Prabowo in the trial court verdict at the cassation level on Wednesday (March 9, 2022).
The cassation panel, consisting of Sofyan Sitompul as chairman of the board and Gazalba Saleh and Sinintha Yuliansih Sibarani as members, was adamant that Edhy Prabowo had worked well during his tenure as Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Therefore, his contribution gave great hope to the community, especially fishermen. These points were the basic consideration for the cassation panel to ease Edhy Prabowo's sentence.
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"The decision of the High Court changed the decision of the District Court for it did not take into account the mitigating circumstances of the defendant, so it needed to be revised on the grounds that in fact the defendant as the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia has worked well and given great hope to the community, especially fishermen," stated one of the judge on appeal.
"The defendant Edhy Prabowo has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and an Rp400 million fine under the condition that if the fine is not paid, it will be replaced with 6 months of imprisonment," said the spokesman of the Supreme Court, Andi Samsan Nganro.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), through its spokesperson, Ali Fikri, said they respected the Supreme Court's decision which cut the prison term of Edhy Prabowo to 5 years from the original 9 years.
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However, Ali Fikri explicitly stated that the act of corruption is an extraordinary crime so the essence of eradicating corruption must require commitment from law enforcement officers.
He went on to say that acts of corruption are a common enemy that must be fought with extraordinary means. It could be with a decision that takes into account the community's sense of justice and is able to provide a deterrent effect to prevent similar acts from happening again.
"The judge's decision should also take into account the nature of eradicating corruption as an extraordinary crime," Fikri said.
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"Because the deterrent effect is one of the essences of law enforcement for criminal acts of corruption, which can be in the form of the magnitude of the verdict regarding physical punishment, as well as additional penalties such as replacement money or revocation of political rights," he added.
The article was translated from Pikiran-Rakyat.com's article titled "Edhy Prabowo Diberi Diskon Masa Tahanan, KPK Ingatkan Majelis Hakim Soal Kejahatan Luar Biasa".
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