“Revisions to the laws on the KPK stipulate that corruption is no longer an extraordinary crime,” Fickar said. “This removed the Supreme Court justices’ sense of urgency and explains their lenient verdicts.”
Supreme Court spokesman Andi Samsan Nganro insisted that the case reviews have a more practical explanation.
“The granting of case reviews like those permitted by the Supreme Court remedied miscarriages of justice stemming from human error,” he said. “It also stems from the need to standardize the sentences.”
Anas chaired the then-ruling Democrat Party during the administration of President Joko Widodo’s immediate predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The Supreme Court gave him a 14-year jail sentence in 2013 after they found him guilty of accepting bribes to develop a sports complex in Hambalang, West Java. The scandal cost the state Rp. 2.5 trillion [$168,234,225].
His accomplice Choel Mallarangeng also had his sentence reduced from three years and six months to three years. The two men are among 20 graft convicts whose sentences were slashed by the Supreme Court.
(Writer: Ardito Ramadhan | Editor: Icha Rastika)
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