Last month the Panel of Appeal of the Jakarta High Court surprised the nation when it granted the petition filed by former prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari, a graft convict who supposedly helped Joko Soegiarto Tjandra to escape the law. Pinangki’s sentence was reduced from ten years to only four years imprisonment. To make matters worse, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) decided not to file any cassation. This week, the High Court gave another surprise. It eased Joko Tjandra’s sentence. Four of the five members of the Panel of Appeal in the Joko Tjandra case are the same high court judges who previously reduced Pinangki’s sentence.

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