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Press Release
Pollycarpus' Parole: State is being Powerless against the Perpetrator of Crimes against Humanity

The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) strongly criticized the granting of parole to Pollycarpus, a murderer of human rights activist – Munir. We assess the granting of parole is a danger signal to the completion of the case and also the protection of human rights under Jokowi's regime.

The lack of commitment to the completion of violation of human rights cases and the fulfillment of justice to the victim clearly reflected in the granting of parole, because the Ministry of Law and Human Rights by the Decree of the Minister of Justice and Human Rights Number: W11.PK.01.05.06-0028 dated 13 November 2014 only look at the judicial aspect in the form of the right to a parole regardless of the extent of completion of the assassination of Munir, which until now the completion has not been up to bring the perpetrators to justice when the Fact Finding Team report stated that this is a systematically crime. It is still important to ensure the existing evidence, witnesses, and perpetrators primarily Polycarpus for further process while the crime committed by Pollycarpus is a form of crime against humanity which something that damages justice if good behavior and being a scout in prison taken into consideration to grant parole to the perpetrators of crimes against humanity.

Furthermore, in this case, Supreme Court is tending to be a purification machine for Pollycarpus by the twice decision for final review: why the final review submitted twice? This shows criminal rooms Supreme Court did not keen in seeing Munir's case and the origin of the process. It also shows that there is no the within the judges in this case. Decisions of final review for Pollycarpus was also not in their website which is an indication that there are something hidden behind.

The assassination of Munir by Pollycarpus involving the state facilities not only resulted in the death of Munir but also creates a sense of fear in the society as opposed to the constitution Article 28G Paragraph (1) of the 1945 Constitution that every person is entitled to protection of self, family, honor, dignity, and property object under his control. Also in Article 30 of Law No. 39 of 1999 on Human Rights that everyone has the right to security and protection from the threats of to do or not to do something. Thus, granting parole is part of the failure or powerlessness of the state for crimes against humanity, as was done by Pollycarpus.

Based on the above, we urge; First, the President (Joko Widodo) to revoke the parole of Pollycarpus and ordered Ministry of Law and Human Rights not to grant any remission and/or parole for crimes against humanity committed by Pollycarpus. Second, complete the Munir murder case based on the recommendation of the Munir's Murder Fact Finding Team and requested state commissions such as Ombudsman, the Judicial Commission, National Police Commission and Prosecutorial Commission to evaluate the legal process of the case. Third, to announce to the public the report of the Munir's Murder Fact Finding Team.

Jakarta, November 30th 2014

The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)