Indonesian govt grants sentence remissions to 82,015 inmates on Independence Day

Indonesian govt grants sentence remissions to 82,015 inmates on Independence Day

Minister Yasonna Laoly. (ANTARA/Muhammad Adimaja)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has granted remissions to a total of 82,015 inmates across Indonesia on the occasion to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the countrys independence.

As many as 78,487 inmates received sentence reductions, and 3,528 others were released after being given remissions, Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly stated here, Wednesday.

The country has a total of 131,954 inmates serving jail terms in various penitentiaries across the country and 67,426 detainees in several jails, he affirmed.

Muhammad Nazaruddin, former treasurer of the Democratic Party, enjoyed a sentence cut, thanks to his willingness to be a justice collaborator of the Corruption Eradication Commission.

This August, among recipients of the remissions were 128 convicts involved in corruption cases, 12,761 inmates sentenced in drug-related crimes, and 17 convicts involved in terrorism cases.

The government has on certain national holidays, such as Independence Day, Eid al-Fitr Islamic Festival, and Christmas, routinely granted sentence remissions to inmates meeting specific criteria.

The sentence reductions range from one month to five months.
(Uu.F001/INE/KR-BSR)

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