TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - I Wayan Sudirta, the lawyer of former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, said Ahok’s parole should not spark a debate. Wayan explained the law governs the requirements to get parole, and he assured that Ahok would obey the existing law.
According to Wayan, Ahok may choose whether to request for parole or to wait until his jail time is over. Wayan said that the decision is in the hands of Ahok and his family.
“He can discuss it with Fifi. [Ahok’s sister] who is also his attorney,” Wayan said.
Wayan explained the requirement of parole is stipulated in the regulation of Law and Human Rights Ministry No. 3/2018 on the requirements and procedure of remission, assimilation, prison leave, parole, leave ahead of free time, and conditional leave.
Article 82 of the law states that an inmate can get parole if he or she has served at least two-thirds of his total jail time, provided that the portion of the jail time be at least nine months.
The inmate also should meet other requirements such as showing good behavior over the nine months of his jail time. Furthermore, Article 83 notes that the family must guarantee that the inmate will not run away or conduct any crime.
Ahok has served 14 months of his jail time and reportedly will get remission on the Indonesian Independence Day that will fall on August 17, 2018. According to Fify, Ahok decided to serve his jail time fully. Fify declined to reveal the exact date of Ahok’s release.