Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Death Execution

" An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth " that's an old adage which implies that those who hurt others should be punished accordingly. It is this idea that law makers have in their minds when determining the punishments for those who violated the laws. There are many methods of punishment allowed by the law, the most controversial one being the Death Penalty i.e. those who caused the death of others should be punished to death. The Death Penalty has been imposed on those who committed crimes against the state e.g Terrorists, and ruthless/cruel crimes such as Drug Traders. Currently, there has been controversy on the method of death execution for the three Terrorists i.e Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Gufron, who have murdered in cold blood 202 people in Bali, whereby their lawyers have requested the Constitutional court to revoke that the execution not to be carried out by shooting because such method would cause great pain to the convicts. The Jakarta Post reported that on Tuesday 21 October 2008, the Constitutional Court has reject this request clearing the way for their execution. The Court further rejected the convicts' request for beheaded instead which they claimed more in line with the Islamic law and their lawyers think less cruel than shot to death. According to the Presiding Judge, there is no method of execution without pain, and the convicts suffering is a logical consequence of death penalty and cannot be categorized as torturing the convicts.

Considering that the Death Penalty has been affirmed by the Supreme Court, and now the Constitutional Court has made its decision on the method, in order to achieve legal certainty and maintain peace and order in our society, all the parties concerned should obey said decision.


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