The wRap Indonesia: Feb. 24, 2015

The wRap Indonesia: Feb. 24, 2015


New survey says 75% of Indonesians believe there's a systematic effort to weaken KPK, Bali Nine duo's final bid to avoid executions rejected, motorcycle robber burned to death, and more

JAKARTA, Indonesia — In today’s wrap of stories from Indonesia, a new survey says 75% of Indonesians believe there’s a systematic effort to weaken the anti-graft agency, and President Joko Widodo’s message to other countries trying to save their citizens from Indonesia’s death row.

1. Survey: 75% of Indonesians believe there’s a plot to weaken KPK  

A recent survey shows that 75% of Indonesians believe there’s a systematic effort to weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). “Majority of the public, 75.37% of them, believe there’s an effort to weaken KPK,” Rully Akbar, a researcher from the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI), said on Tuesday, February 24. This perception stems from the move of the National Police to name suspended KPK leaders Abraham Samad and Bambang Widjojanto as suspects. The survey was conducted between Feb. 20 – 22, 2015 with 1,200 respondents. 

2. Jokowi to Brazil: Do not intervene in executions

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday once again affirmed his stance on Indonesia’s death penalty, following the Brazilian president’s decision to refuse Indonesian ambassador Toto Riyanto’s credentials last week. “The first thing that I need to emphasize strongly is that they should not intervene in the death penalty because that is our sovereignty,” Jokowi told reporters, while accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. “On why I recalled (the Indonesian ambassador) from Brazil, it’s because this is a matter of state honor, the honor of the nation. For me, that is a big problem,” he added. Retno also said that by refusing the Indonesian ambassador’s credentials, Brazil violated the Vienna Convention. Read the full story in Bahasa Indonesia on Rappler.com. 

3. Jakarta court dismisses Bali Nine duo’s rare bid to avoid executions

BALI NINE. Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran (R) the ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" drug ring, are seen in a holding cell while awaiting court trial in Bali in 2006. File photo by AFP

The Administrative Court in Jakarta on Tuesday dismissed a bid by Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, two Australian drug traffickers on death row, to avoid execution by challenging the president’s rejection of their pleas for clemency, a rare move that was seen as having little chance of success. Rejecting the application, the presiding judge said: “Clemency is the prerogative of the president… the state administrative court has no right to rule on the challenge.” Read more on Rappler.com.

4. Supreme Court rejects former Constitutional Court chief’s appeal

MOCHTAR. Former Indonesian Constitutional Court chief Akil Mochtar (C) talks to journalists shortly after his verdict at Jakarta's anti-corruption court, June 30, 2014. Photo by EPA

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal filed by the former chairman of Indonesia’s Constitutional Court, Akil Mochtar, who was jailed for life in July 2014 for accepting more than $5 million in bribes to influence rulings. The Supreme Court noted the importance of the position Mochtar held as a reason for rejecting the appeal. Mochtar was caught red-handed in October 2013 in a sting by anti-corruption investigators as he was about to accept around IDR3 billion ($250,000) in bribes from a businessman and a lawmaker, according to prosecutors.

5. Motorcycle robber burned to death in Tangerang  

A robber was burned to death by an angry mob in Pondok Aren, South Tangerang, early on Tuesday morning. “There were 4 robbers who wanted to steal a motorcycle from a man and a woman,” Jakarta Police spokesman Martinus Sitompul said on Tuesday. One of the robbers attempted to stall the motorcycle by drawing a sword, which was blocked by the female passenger. Seconds later, the robber fell off his motorcycle. Bystanders who witnessed the incident took matters into their own hands and set him on fire, which led to his death. The three others managed to flee. Read the full story on BeritaSatu.com.

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