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Juridical Council of International Program (JCI) Faculty of Law Universitas Islam Indonesia held Webinar with the theme: Polemic on Issue of Leniency in Sentence Demand for Criminal Offender of Novel Baswedan, on Saturday, (27/06/2020). This webinar is for the response toward sentence demand by the public prosecutor on the case of first degree aggravated assault toward Novel Baswedan.

This webinar invites speakers who are criminal law experts, namely: Dr. Mahrus Ali, SH., MH., Ahmad Wirawan Adnan, SH., MH., and Muhammad Fatahillah Akbar, SH., LLM. Also, this webinar has been moderated by Sabiyllafitri Azzahra, Students and Chairwoman of Education and Advocacy Division of JCI.

Adnan Wirawan gave his material on the comparison of midwife legal arrangements in the United States. According to Adnan Wirawan, the Baswedan Novel case can be categorized as a first degree aggravated assault. According to him, first degree aggravated assault means as an intentional with plan to inflict great bodily harm to someone resulted in injury or permanent disfigurement. Adnan Wirawan discussed the parties that convened in the case. Scientifically, Adnan Wirawan criticized the act of appointing legal counsel for the defendants, Ronny Bugis and Rahmat Kadir, Inspector General Rudi Heriyanto. According to him, it’s because ethically an attorney was prohibited from carrying out his profession when he was serving as a state apparatus, while currently the Inspector General Rudi Heriyanto is serving as a police officer. Inspector General Rudi Heriyanto has also been an investigator in the search for suspects in cases of first degree aggravated assault toward Novel Baswedan since 2017. “How can we expect a fair trial, if the investigation just stands between ‘two legs’”, said Wirawan Adnan.

Meanwhile, according to Muhammad Fatahillah, this case cannot be separated from the issue of corruption eradication in Indonesia. According to Muhammad Fatahillah, this case delayed because the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) did not have the authority to. The government needs various steps to form a Joint Fact-Finding Team (TGPF) to conduct an investigation. According to Muhammad Fatahillah, the Novel Baswedan case is not the only case that occurs justice delay. There are many cases of this kind in Indonesia when it involves violations by police officers. Muhammad Fatahillah then gave his views on the application of independent institutions in other countries to deal with crimes committed by the police.

This event opened by the Secretary of International Undergraduate Program in Law, Dodik Setiawan Nur Heriyanto, SH., MH., LLM., Ph.D. During his opening speech, Dodik Setiawan gives his congratulation to JCI for its new management structure. “I hope, during this new structure, JCI can become much better as the representation of International Program of Faculty of Law’s Students”, he said.

Scholars at the Faculty of Law of the Islamic University of Indonesia (FH UII) held a press conference at the Postgraduate Campus of FH UII on Thursday (12/09/2019). On this occasion, the UII academicians expressed their support for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which is currently being exposed to ‘about to be weakened’ news, through the revision of the KPK Law. UII firmly declines the revision of the KPK Law which weakens the duties, functions, authorities, and independence of that anti-corruption institution.

At the press conference, Vice Rector 3, Dr. Drs. Rohidin, S.H., M.Ag., read the statement of UII’s tenets towards the planned change in the KPK Law by the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR RI). The tenets of UII are as follows:

  1. Decline all forms of weakening efforts towards the KPK institutions including rejecting the revised Bill on the KPK Law initiative of the DPR.
  2. Urge the DPR to cancel the plan to revise the KPK Law
  3. Demand the President to keep his promise to strengthen the KPK in order to create an Indonesia that is free of corruption, collusion and nepotism
  4. If the revision plan remains in force then we (UII) expressly motion of no confidence (mosi tidak percaya) to all party that involved in ratification of the bill.

The Dean of FH UII, Dr. Abdul Jamil, S.H., M.H., stated that UII was ready to declare a motion of no confidence in any party who supported changes to the KPK Law. UII’s tenet is rejects the revision of the KPK Law. We prepare a motion of no confidence in anyone who supports the weakening of the KPK, including the President “, he said.

Abdul Jamil made the statement right after the reading of the statement of tenets in front of the journalists. “What does it mean? If we roll this motion of no confidence later, we will spread it to others, that we no longer trust parties who have supported the revision of this law, “he stressed.

Beside the motion of no confidence, UII will also submit a judicial review to the Constitutional Court (MK) when lawmakers and executives ratify the draft of KPK Law changes. “If, for example, how come it is still enacted, it means it becomes a law. If it becomes a law, our efforts will carry out a judicial review, that is our effort,” he said.

The plan is that the statement of UII’s tenets will be submitted directly to the Chairperson of the KPK, but failed because the Chairperson of the KPK was unable to attend. Furthermore, UII will send a statement of attitude to the President and the DPR. “Still, we will convey this letter to the President, so that the President will continue to refuse despite through a discussions.”

After the press conference, Abdul Jamil and other UII leaders joined the crowd of UII students to take demonstration at the Special Region of Yogyakarta’s Representative Council (DPRD DIY) and Malioboro Street. While giving speeches at the pickup truck, Abdul Jamil led the group to the Abu Bakar Ali Parking Park, which had been waiting for the combined mass of students from various universities in DIY.

Abdul Jamil hoped that the community would also control the agenda of the revision of KPK Law. “We hope the public will support this action as well, and we will be ready for judicial review once the bill is approved,” he said.