Judge: Indonesia needs death penalty for graft

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October 16, 2010 13:43

 
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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia needs to follow China's  example and sentence officials convicted of corruption to death in order to stamp out massive graft in the country, a top judge said Saturday.

Indonesia's current sentences for corruption are too soft and do nothing to deter corrupt officials, said Mohammad Mahfud, the chief justice of the Constitutional Court.

Officials "are sentenced to only three to four year in jail, which is lighter than sentences given to petty criminals," Mahfud said.

He advocated the use of a provision in Indonesia's Anti-Corruption Law that allows judges to sentence convicts to death. It has never been used.

"In China, which carries out the death sentence for those convicted of corruption charges, there is a deterrent effect," he said. "If death sentences were used in Indonesia for corruption, it would reduce the cases."

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