Thursday, November 5, 2015

In the "good to see" category [updated]

Indonesia news, as reported by Antara News:  The Chairman of Commission I, Mahfudz Siddiq, has lauded a recent order directing that open trials be held for incidents involving military personnel, officers and civilians.

"The order is right. The military court law can impose severe penalties on perpetrators of violations in the ranks of the military," Siddiq said on Thursday.

According to him, if the judicial process can be carried out transparently, it will satisfy the need for justice in society.

The Jakarta Post has more information in an article: TNI pledges transparency in personnel trials.
“Military personnel enjoy their impunity and exclusive access to their own courts. They only receive light punishments for their mistakes and the trial process is not transparent,” Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Haris Azhar said in Jakarta on Wednesday.
He urged the government to revise Law No. 31/1997 on military tribunals to allow military personnel to be tried in civilian courts for civil crimes so that the victims’ families could witness the process.
The planned amendment to the law, however, has been put on the backburner as the House of Representatives said that such a revision was not high on its priority list.

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