Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should do everything in his power to eradicate corruption and declare a state of emergency for the purpose, a non-governmental orgnization (NGO) leader said.

Ismet Hasan Putro, chairman of the Professional Civil Society (MPM), said here Saturday the president should soon declare a state of emergency to fight corruption in the country and support the imposition of severe sanctions on those quilty of curruption.

"The Judicial Mafia Eradication Task Force the President has set up is unable to overcome the judicial mafias, and other forms of curruption. The president must use all his powers and encourage the imposition of severe sanctions on corrupters, including the death penalty or life sentences," Ismet said during a discussion themed
"Dreaming about Eradicating Corruption."

Ismet said judicial mafia practices had been going on for a long time, had become rife and were being engaged systematically at the country`s law-enforcing institutions.

He said the penalties so far meted out to corrupters were too light and had little deterrent effect. Citing an example, he said a corrupter caught red-handed stealing billions of rupiah was only sentenced to five years in jail.

In China, he said, corrupters were invariably sentenced to death. "As a result, corruption now rarely happens in China," he added.

The discovery of a money laundering case involving tax officer Gayus Tambunan should serve as wake-up call for the government to reform the country`s law system, he said.

Meanwhile, a sociologist at the University of Indonesia (UI), Thamrin Amal Tamagola, said he did not support the idea of sentencing all corrupters to death.

He argued the question of life and death was one between man and God. But he agreed corrupters should be given life sentences with the extra penalty of community service, doing menial jobs such as cleaning roadside gutters or public latrines.(*)

Editor: Ruslan Burhani

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