Tuesday, June 26, 2012

After Corby, the President Granted German Citizenship

Again the convicted narcotics case received clemency from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. After giving 5 years of pardon for 20 years in prison for marijuana possession, Schapelle Leigh Corby, the President gave clemency to German prisoners, Peter Achim Franz Grobmann (53 years old).

Peter was sentenced to 5 years in prison for possession of marijuana weighing 4.9 grams gross or 2.2 grams net.

A copy of the president's clemency decision was received by Peter's attorney, Pande Putu Maya Arsanti, Thursday (6/21/2012). "Yesterday we received a copy of the clemency letter," Maya said, as published by Alert on Saturday (06/23/2012).

Through a Presidential Decree (Kepres) Number 23 / G in 2012, President SBY gave Peter clemency.

The clemency decision given to bald and tattooed men was taken on May 15, 2012 in Jakarta. A copy of the decision was then sent to the Denpasar District Court. Even though it was past a month, Peter's attorney just received a copy last Thursday.

"Giving clemency to convict Peter Achim Franz Grobmann in the form of reducing the number of criminal penalties for 2 years. So that imprisonment sentenced to convicts of imprisonment for 5 years becomes imprisonment for 3 years, while criminal penalties must still be paid," wrote the president the ruling.

Previously, the pardon of Corby had caused criticism from the public. University of Jember legal observer, Dr Widodo Eka Tjahyana, assessed that granting clemency by President Susilo Yudhoyono to convicted narcotics cases, Schapelle Corby, could worsen the image of Indonesia in the international world.

The nation's image problem is one thing that is considered important by the Yudhoyono administration.

"This is a bad precedent for the Indonesian government in combating drug trafficking," he said in Jember.

According to him, many countries are vigorously combating the trafficking of narcotics and illegal drugs, a type of humanitarian crime that can kill a number of generations as well as international crimes.

"President Yudhoyono should use legal considerations, not political considerations because drug trafficking crimes are a serious crime in the world," said the lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Jember.

"Before giving clemency, the Supreme Court usually gives consideration to the president. So far the Supreme Court has not explained to the public about its consideration of the Corby case," he said.

Schapelle Leigh Corby (34) was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005 for smuggling more than 4 kilograms of marijuana in Bali, then Corby served a sentence in Kerobokan prison, Denpasar.

IWD/The Truth Seeker Media

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