Jokowi Officially Grants Amnesty to Baiq Nuril

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  • Baiq Nuril gestures as she watches the work meeting of the House's Commission III with the Minister of Law and Human Rights at the Parliament Complex in Senayan, Jakarta, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. The House's Law Commission agrees to submit its recommendation to President Joko Widodo to grant amnesty to Baiq Nuril. ANTARA

    Baiq Nuril gestures as she watches the work meeting of the House's Commission III with the Minister of Law and Human Rights at the Parliament Complex in Senayan, Jakarta, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. The House's Law Commission agrees to submit its recommendation to President Joko Widodo to grant amnesty to Baiq Nuril. ANTARA

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko Widodo or Jokowi has inked the Presidential Decree (Keppres) concerning the amnesty for Baiq Nuril Maknun on Monday, July 29.

    “I have signed the Keppres for Ibu Nuril this morning. So, Ibu Nuril is allowed to take the decree at the Palace whenever needed,” said the President at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, Jakarta, as quoted from the press release by the Presidential Secretariat.

    The President mentioned that he did not mind if Nuril was willing to meet him directly after the decree issuance. “Just manage the time. I’d be glad to welcome [her],” he said.

    Baiq Nuril, who was a staffer at Mataram state senior high school (SMAN) 7, was sentenced to six months in jail and a fine of Rp500 million for violating Article 27(1) of the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE Law). She was found guilty of spreading a recording of her being sexually assaulted by her headmaster.

    The Supreme Court (MA) rejected Baiq Nuril's appeal and charged her over defamation on July 4, 2019. She then submitted a request for amnesty to President Jokowi.

    AHMAD FAIZ IBNU SANI