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Chairman of MPR RI: Criminal Code Law Has Accommodated Public Input

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Jakarta — The Chairman of the Indonesian People’s Consultative Assembly fully supports the ratification of the original Criminal Code Law made by the nation’s children to replace the existence of the old Dutch colonial product of the Criminal Code. According to him, the Criminal Code Law has accommodated many kinds of input from the public.

Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia (MPR RI), Bambang Soesatyo, explained that all discussions regarding the new Criminal Code Law which has now been ratified at the DPR RI Plenary Meeting since Tuesday (6/12) put forward a lot of input from the public.

Not only that, in the discussion itself, the Criminal Code Law has been very transparent, thorough and participatory.

“In every discussion of the Criminal Code Bill, the government and DPR RI always put forward the principles of transparency, thoroughness and participation. So that it has accommodated various public inputs and ideas, “explained Bamsoet.

Bambang Soesatyo not only fully supports the ratification of the new Criminal Code Law, but also gives very high appreciation to the Minister of Law and Human Rights (Menkumham), Yasonna Laoly, including Commission III of the Indonesian Parliament for being able to ratify original legal products made by the nation’s children.

For information, the Chairman of the MPR RI explained that the enactment of the recently passed Criminal Code Law will be effective in 2025.

“The Criminal Code Law that has been ratified will undergo a three-year transitional period and will become effective in 2025. Like the existence of other laws, over time, the Criminal Code Law may undergo various refinements, adjusting to the needs of the nation,” he explained.

Bamsoet also considers that with the ratification of the Criminal Code Law, it is the same as showing how this country holds its own sovereignty in the field of law.

What’s more, according to him, the enactment of the Dutch-made Criminal Code is completely irrelevant if you look at the latest conditions for the need for criminal law in the country.

This fact is in stark contrast to the Criminal Code Law which has been passed because it is very reformative, progressive and responsive to the renewal of the current situation.
With the existence of the Criminal Code Law, it is the starting point for the reform of the implementation of criminal law in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Member of Commission III of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Wayan Sudirta emphasized that the ratification of the Criminal Code Law to replace Dutch legal products was able to support the development of national law.

“The urgency of ratifying the Criminal Code Law replaces the Penal Code left by the Dutch Colonial Government and supports the development of national law,” he said.

According to him, the ratification of the Criminal Code Law is in accordance with general and international law principles which are much more modern.

It also respects the peculiarities and wealth of Indonesian customary law by recognizing the existence of customary criminal law.

However, it remains within certain limits so as to minimize the possibility of criminalization.

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