Yusril and Jokowi`s Discussion on Freeing Abu Bakar Baasyir

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Yusril Ihza Mahendra revealed his conversation with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo about freeing the convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Baasyir.

    The legal advisor for incumbent presidential and vice presidential candidate Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin previously reported to President Jokowi about Abu Bakar’s unwillingness to sign a letter of allegiance to the Pancasila.

    The pledge was one of the requirements to receive his parole after 2/3rd of his total prison sentence. However, Baasyir refused to sign the pledge.

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    Yusril then advised Jokowi to produce a win-win solution regarding the freedom of Abu Bakar Baasyir.

    “I agree that this is based on humanitarian reasons, we must find a solution considering that his old age and suffering from diseases. The second reason is that I do not have the heart witnessing Ulamas being behind bars for a long period of time,” said Yusril, reiterating what Jokowi said to him.

    In the end, Yusril revealed, the requirements for Abu Bakar Baasyir`s freedom was loosened and agreed upon which did not mandate him to pledge allegiance to Islam rather than Pancasila, since both Yusril and Jokowi agreed that Pancasila coincides with Islam.

    ANTARA