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Death sentence needed to eradicate corruption: MK chairman

8th April 2010 | 469 Views
Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA News) - Constitutional Court Chairman Mafud MD said that death sentence needed to be handed down on corruptors because efforts launched so far to disclose and jail orruptors turned out to be unable to reduce corruption.

"Corruption cases have often been uncovered but new cases continue to be found. Therefore, it seems that the (judicial) system needs to be changed," Mahfud said during a seminar here on Thursday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar held in observance of 100 days after the demise of former president Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), the former defense minister suggested two systems that could be adopted to fight against corruption.

"The systems are (one) death penalty for corruptors and (second) give a chance to the adoption of a law on the reserve burden of proof, but the law should be applied in a very cautious way," he said.

He said that a reverse burden of proof law should be applied in a very cautious way so that it would not serve as a means of blackmailing.

"If not careful, a reverse burden of proof law could be used by law enforcers as a means of blackmailing, because a corruption suspect are afraid of execution," Mahfud said.

He said that actually the reverse burden of proof system was very simple to do, for example, the salary of a person was Rp10 million per month. This means that in two years his or her salary would account only for Rp240 million.

"If in two years he or she owns money amounting to Rp20 billion, he or she must be asked to clear the sources of the money in the last two or three months, and if he or she is unable to provide evidence, he or she should be sentenced to death," he said.(*)