INDONESIA: CONSTITUTIONAL COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY
July 18, 2012: In Indonesia, the Constitutional Court turned down a request by two death row inmates to review a criminal code they were convicted under which sentenced them to death.
â€śThe court . . . rejects the entire request of the applicants,â€ť presiding judge Ahmad Sodiki, as quoted by Antara.
Ahmad said the request, which sought to abolish an article on robbery that carried a maximum death penalty sentence, had no legal platform.
Article 354 and sub article 4 of the Criminal Code states that a group of two or more people who together cause severe injury or death to a victim through theft can be sentenced to 20 years in prison, life or the death penalty.
The judicial review was filed by death row prisoners Raja Syahrial and Raja Fadli. Both of them were convicted by a Pekanbaru High Court for murder during a robbery.
Justice Fadlil Sumadi called robbery and murder â€śthe most serious crimeâ€ť that creates fear among public.
â€śThe Death sanction on robbery is not the only punishment, but an alternative to life or twenty years,â€ť Fadil said, adding that judges could choose the sanction in accordance with the level of the crime. (Sources: Jakarta Globe, 19/07/2012)