The wRap Indonesia: March 16, 2015
JAKARTA, Indonesia – In today's wrap, President Joko Widodo grants a clemency request and prosecutors demand a 6-month jail term over a social media post.
1. Jokowi grants clemency to murderer on death row
While he has rejected clemency requests so far from all drug convicts on death row, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has granted clemency to Dwi Trisna Firmansyah, 28, who was convicted of premeditated murder. Dwi is one of three death row convicts involved in the robbery and planned killings of Agusni Bahar, a store owner, and his son, Dodi Haryanto, in 2012. The three criminals later fled to Palembang, South Sumatra before the police arrested them. Read the full story from the Jakarta Post.
2. Prosecutors seek 6 months jail for student who made 'offensive' post on Path
How long should a person who posted a comment online deemed offensive by an entire province be jailed? Prosecutors on Monday, March 16, told a Yogyakarta court that graduate student Florence Sihombing should spend 6 months in jail and another 12 months on probation plus pay a IDR10 million ($750). Sihombing was briefly detained in late August on allegations of defamation – a criminal offense under Indonesia’s Electronic Information and Transaction Law – after she called Yogyakarta "poor, stupid and uncultured" in a social media post. Read the full story in Bahasa Indonesia on Rappler.
3. After public outrage, judge frees poor grandmother accused of stealing wood
The Situbondo Court on Monday freed from detention 63-year-old grandmother Asyani, who had been detained since December 2014 after being accused of stealing wood by state-owned company Perum Perhutani. The story of the poor woman, including images of her kneeling and pleading in court, has led to public calls for her freedom, including from Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya. The charges against her, however, have not yet been dropped. Read the full story in Bahasa Indonesia on Rappler.
4. Two unidentified shooters attack NGO office in Aceh
The Aceh Utara Development Committee (AU-DEC) headquarters was shot by unknown shooters on Sunday night in North Aceh. No one was injured, but the building was damaged. The attack is believed to be related to negative sentiments against the organization, whose initials are the same as Asociation Uruguaya De Educacion Catolica, a Catholic education and civil development organization based in Uruguay. AU-DEC has been accused of carrying missionary activities in Aceh, a charge they have denied several times. Read the full story in Bahasa Indonesia on Rappler.
5. Indonesia posts higher-than-expected trade surplus in February
Indonesia posted a higher-than-expected trade surplus of $738.3 million in February, but exports tumbled 16.02% on-year to $12.29 billion, while imports slid 16.24% to $11.55 billion. "The trade surplus was due to lower oil prices and the weakening of the rupiah in February," said statistics agency official Sasmito Hadi Wibowo. Read the full story on Rappler. – Rappler.com