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BerichtOnderwerp: Pollycarpus gets parole    vr 28 nov 2014 - 23:09

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Friday November 28 2014,

Former Garuda pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison over his role in the death of human rights campaigner Munir Said Thalib, has left Sukamiskin Penitentiary in Bandung on parole.

“Pollycarpus is out of prison on parole,” penitentiary directorate-general spokesman Akbar Hadi said on Friday.

He said Pollycarpus was considered as having fulfilled all the requirements necessary to receive parole.

Justice and Human Rights Ministerial Regulation No. 1/2007 stipulates that a convict can receive parole after serving two thirds of his or her sentence.

Pollycarpus is obliged to report to the Sukamiskin prison warden once a month during his parole period, which will last until 2018. While on parole, Pollycarpus is prohibited from traveling abroad.

Rights activist Munir Said Thalib was poisoned with arsenic that, according to the court, had been mixed with orange juice that he drank during a flight from Jakarta to Singapore on September 6, 2004.

Despite Pollycarpus being sentenced, it remains unclear who masterminded the murder.

Pressure from the public and fellow rights activists has been mounting but the government has so far failed to prosecute the mastermind behind the murder, which many believe involved important people.

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