Anti Corruption Studies Center (UGM Pukat for Corruption) of UGM Law School urges the the government not to give remissions for corruptors, because the policy will injure the public’s sense of justice eventhough the law justifies the granting of remissions for prisoners. "Corruptors should not get a remission because corruption is not the same as the convict of common criminal crimes," said Director of Pukat for Corruption, Zainal Arifin Mochtar, S.H, L.L.M, told reporters on Friday (12/8).
According to Zainal, in ordinary criminal cases, the affected one is only one individual. Meanwhile, corruption has a detrimental impact on a very broad scale. Therefore, extraordinary means are required to deter the corruptor. "One of them is by removing remission for corruptor," he said.
Zainal adds that corruptor should be given the maximum sentence without remission. This is because the corruptors have stolen state’s money that incurs losses for millions of people, therefore they do not deserve the privilege. Maximal punishment for a corruptor is not just to deter the prisoners, but also a lesson for millions of people to discourage their intention to steal the state’s money.
Answering reporter’s questions in relation with the arrest of Nazaruddin, Zainal said there should be stricter protection for Nazaruddin. He suggested that the police need to coordinate with other agencies to transport and bring back Nazarudin to Indonesia as well as to protect and secure his safety. "Don’t let the lack of coordination lead to a power show-off," he said.
Zainal also requested that the Corruption Eradication Commission receives the same protection because recently, there have been attempts to discredit the institution, ranging from the survey results that highlight the performance of the Commission to the discourse that leads to calls for its termination. "(It is up) To the point when there are issues about the presence of interference in the selection of KPK leaders candidates," he concluded.