Jakarta (ANTARA) - Laode M. Syarif, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) ex-commissioner, opined that public prosecutors’ (JPU’s) demand for a year-long jail term for two police officers that had attacked senior KPK investigator Novel Baswedan did not make sense.

"It cannot be accepted by common sense," Syarif noted here on Friday in connection with the prosecutors' demands at the trial in the Novel Baswedan attack case on the previous day.

Syarif drew parallel to the prosecutors' demand for a six-year imprisonment for Bahar Bin Smith in a persecution case.

"Just compare it to Bahar Bin Smith's persecution case," he pointed out.

Syarif was of the view that the trial process for the Baswedan assault case was merely a "farce."

"I see this court as a 'theatrical stage,'" he affirmed.

During the court hearing on Thursday, the prosecutors demanded a one-year imprisonment each for defendants, Ronny Bugis and Rahmat Kadir Mahulette, the two cops, for orchestrating the maltreatment that resulted in grave injuries to Baswedan.

"The burdensome aspects are the fact that the defendant has tarnished the (image) of the Indonesian Police (Polri) institution. Matters that are alleviating are that he has never been convicted before, has admitted to the act, has been cooperative, and has served as a member of the National Police for 10 years," North Jakarta Prosecutor Ahmad Fatoni remarked while reading out the demand for Bugis. Baswedan was attacked while heading home after performing Fajr, or the Dawn prayer, at a mosque nearby when two motorcyclists hurled acid on his face that injured his eyes, particularly the left eye, on April 11, 2017.

The 42-year-old retired police officer has been working in the anti-graft agency since 2007 and entrusted with investigating major corruption cases, including those allegedly involving several high-ranking officials. Since then, he had been frequently terrorized and attacked.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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