Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Bali legislator urges Amrozi's execution

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The Bali Provincial Legislative Council (DPRD) urges the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission for Law to summon the Attorney General regarding the certainty of execution of the Bali Bombing I convicts: Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Muklas. “Every day we receive the Balinese’ aspiration requesting confirmation of the execution, but the authority to ask the Attorney General’s Office explanation is in the hands of the DPR Commission III (Legal Section),” said I Ketut Adiputra, Deputy Chairman of Bali DPRD, at the meeting with the DPR Commission for Law at the Parliament Complex yesterday (2/10). This request, according to the member of the Golkar Party, does not mean that the Balinese resent the three convicts. Balinese , said Adiputra, only want justice and legal certainty of the tragedy on October 10, 2002 which killed 202 people. Eva Sundari, a member of the DPR Commission for Law, appreciates this request. Although she disagrees with the death penalty in Indonesia’s legal system, she believes that the law must be upheld. “I agree with the Commission’s recommendation that the execution for them be held,” said the member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). However, Benny K. Harman, also a member of the Commission, opposes it. According to him, the death penalty provision contradicts Article 28, letter i of the 1945 Constitution. “Legal effects under the Constitution must be harmonious,” said the Democrat Party member.Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, another Commission member from the United Development Party (PPP) disputed Benny’s argument. According to him, based on Article 28, letter i, the Constitution does in fact defer the right to live. But the same Article, letter j point 2, explains that everyone must obey the law, especially regarding the right to live. “So it’s not true that the death penalty contradicts the Constitution,” he said.

by Raden Rachmadi

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