Edhy Prabowo Sentence to 5 Years for Doing Good

Jakarta, IDN Times – Strong criticism came from Indonesia Corruption Watch in responding to the circumcision of the former Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Edhy Prabowo to 5 years. ICW considers the mitigating reasons considered by the Supreme Court to be absurd.

“ICW sees the mitigating factors that are used as the reason for the Supreme Court to reduce Edhy Prabowo’s sentence is absolutely absurd. Because, if he has done a good job and has given hope to the community, of course Edhy will not be prosecuted by the KPK,” said ICW researcher Kurnia Ramadhana, Thursday. (10/3/2022).

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1. ICW calls Edhy Prabowo corruption during the COVID-19 pandemic

Edhy Prabowo Sentence to 5 Years for Doing Good, ICW: Absurd!ICW researcher Kurnia Ramadhana at the Corruption Eradication Emergency Office (IDN Times/Aryodamar)

Kurnia reminded the Supreme Court that Edhy was a corruptor who took advantage of his position to profit by violating the law. Therefore, the former Deputy Chairperson of the Gerindra Party was arrested and sentenced to a number of crimes ranging from imprisonment, fines, replacement money, and revocation of political rights.

“Besides, the panel of judges seems to ignore the provisions of Article 52 of the Criminal Code which emphasizes the criminal burden for an official when committing a criminal act using the power, opportunity or means given to him,” explained Kurnia.

“The regulation specifically mentions an increase in punishment by a third, not a reduction,” he continued.

2. The Supreme Court judge’s verdict is considered odd

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Edhy Prabowo Sentence to 5 Years for Doing Good, ICW: Absurd!ICW researcher Kurnia Ramadhana (IDN Times/Aryodamar)

ICW also questioned the Supreme Court Judge’s decision which said Edhy Prabowo had done good, especially to fishermen, so that his sentence was commuted. This is because Edhy’s corruption occurred when Indonesia was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This 5-year sentence is very strange. Because, only 6 months is heavier when compared to Edhy’s personal staff, namely Amiril Mukminin. Moreover, with the corruption crime he committed, Edhy also violated his own oath of office,” he said.

3. Edhy Prabowo’s sentence was increased to 9 years

Edhy Prabowo Sentence to 5 Years for Doing Good, ICW: Absurd!Eddy Prabowo. (BETWEEN PHOTOS/M Risyal Hidayat)

It is known, the Supreme Court decided that Edhy Prabowo was sentenced to 5 years in prison in the corruption case of fried shrimp. He was initially sentenced to 5 years in prison and a fine of Rp. 400 million and replacement money of Rp. 9,687,447,219 and US$77 thousand. However, he did not accept and appealed.

At the High Court level, Edhy Prabowo’s sentence was actually increased to 9 years in prison, a fine of Rp. 400 million, and compensation of Rp. 9,687,447,219 and US$77 thousand. He did not accept and appealed, until finally returned to the original decision.

In addition to being sentenced to 5 years in prison, Edhy is also required to pay a fine of Rp. 400 million. If it is not paid within a month after it becomes legally binding, it will be replaced with a six-month prison sentence.

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