batampos – The discourse of resolving corruption cases through a restorative justice mechanism put forward by KPK leader Johanis Tanak has drawn strong criticism. This view is considered to reduce corruption as an ordinary crime, not an extraordinary crime. If so, the efforts to eradicate corruption that have been carried out so far will certainly be in vain.
The chairman of IM57+ Institute, M. Praswad Nugraha, said that the concept of restorative justice is certainly not appropriate for corruption cases. Because, corruption is clearly included in one of the three extraordinary crimes agreed in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). “He (corruption) along with narcotics and terrorism are categorized as extraordinary crimes,” he explained to Jawa Pos(network batampos.co.id), yesterday (30/10).
According to Praswad, the proposal or idea of restorative justice from Johanis Tanak is clearly dangerous. Moreover, the idea was conveyed in the midst of the ‘crisis’ of eradicating corruption at the KPK recently. “Pak Johanis should learn more about the concept of restorative justice, because there is no one cure for all types of crime,” he said.
Earlier, Johanis Tanak again expressed his personal view on the application of restorative justice in resolving corruption cases. He conveyed this view shortly after being sworn in as KPK Chair replacing Lili Pintauli Siregar. “That (the application of restorative justice, ed) is an academic point of view,” he told the KPK some time ago.
Johanis asserted that this view is only a discourse or personal idea. That’s not part of the KPK’s job. The discourse was not even ejected from Johanis. He also conveyed the same thing in the DPR. “At that time it was still outside the institutional context, it was an idea. An idea is not part of an institution’s thinking or steps,” he said.
The discussion about restorative justice was also recently delivered by KPK leader Nurul Ghufron. In a webinar entitled Restorative Justice for the Settlement of Corruption Cases, Ghufron said that his party is always open to the aspirations of all elements of society regarding ways to eradicate corruption. Including restorative justice aspirations.
“Until now, we are still conducting a study on the application of restorative justice in corruption,” he explained at the webinar last Friday (28/10). According to Ghufron, the study of restorative justice is an effort to find a legal form that can solve the nation’s corruption problem. (*)
Reporter: JP Group