Death Penalty for Corruption Convicts Gains Traction in Indonesia
Markus Junianto Sihaloho
Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar would support a mandatory death sentence for corruption convicts if a fatwa is issued by the Nahdlatul Ulama, the minister said on Tuesday.
“Of course, I would really support such a decision,” Muhaimin, who is also chairman of the NU-related National Awakening Party, said in a text message.
The NU discussed the possibility of issuing a fatwa against corruption convicts in an effort to deter future instances of corruption during a meeting in Cirebon, West Java, this weekend. Muhaimin, whose party usually supports all NU edicts, said he would push for a mandatory death sentence under the NU’s direction.
“All recommendations made by NU, we support them all,” he said.
Muhaimin is currently under investigation over allegations of bribery and corruption at his ministry.
Under the Indonesian justice system, death sentences currently are handed down to terrorists, drug traffickers and hardened criminals.