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Antasari hopes to be granted presidential clemency


On the way to freedom – Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Antasari Azhar exits Tangerang Penitentiary in Banten, greeted by his wife Ida Laksmiwati (wearing a red hijab), who is carrying their grandchild. Antasari was released on parole on Nov.10.

Tangerang | Thu, November 10, 2016 |

Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Antasari Azhar conveyed his hope to receive clemency from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during a press conference after his release on parole from Tangerang prison, Banten, on Thursday.

Antasari said he needed clemency to rehabilitate his reputation.

“I’m released on parole now, which means I’m still required to report to [Tangerang prison] once a month. I’m still a convict,” he said.

The South Jakarta District Court sentenced Antasari to 18 years in prison in 2010 for masterminding the murder of state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Putra Rajawali Banjaran director Nasrudin Zulkarnaen. He will be fully released in 2022.

The former South Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office chief served seven-and-a-half years in prison. With his conditional release, Antasari is not only required to report his whereabouts to Tangerang prison every month until 2022 but is only permitted to travel abroad after he gives prior notice to the prison.

“When the clemency is granted, my conditional release status will be revoked, so I will be fully free,” Antasari said.

 

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