YLBHI: 80 percent of detainees experience violence
Sat, April 10 2010 05:19 | 411 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation (YBHI) said that about 80 percent of detainees in Indonesia suffered from physical violence at the police investigation level.
"Based on a YLBH Jakarta survey, about 70 to 80 percent of detainees suffered from violence in police detention," YLBHI chairman Patra M Zen said here on Friday.
He said those who often experienced violence mostly came from the marginalized groups of people who did not understand the law and did not obtain proper legal aid.
Therefore, he suggested that the bill on legal aid which was now under the deliberations of the House of Representatives (DPR) would accommodate legal aid for poor people at the examination level.
Besides, the YLBHI also asked President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to provide funds and facilities for legal aid and consultation at all state detention houses and penitentiaries.
It urged National Police Chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri to supervise and impose sanctions against his apparatuses who violated the law such as examining the poor without being witnessed by lawyers.
The prosecutors in the meantime were also called on to increase their professionalism in examining dossiers received from the police. They were also called on to require the presence of defense lawyers at all levels of prosecution. (*)
Editor: B Kunto Wibisono
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