Today, the Constitutional Court made a confusing ruling on the office term of the Attorney General (AG) Hendarman Supanji.
On the one hand the Court ruled that the AG's term should ended along with the end of first term of President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono and his Cabinet last October.
But on the other hand, the Court ruled that any decisions made by said AG prior to this ruling, will remain valid.
The ruling itself was made in response to the challenge on Hendarman's position as AG by former Minister of Justice Yusril Ihza Mahendra who was charged last June by the AGO in a Corruption case pertaining to a setting up of a Website at the Ministry of Justice.
After making the announcement, the Chief of the Constitutional Court Mahfud MD told reporters that the confusion occured because the Attorney General Office Law Article 22 does not provide certainty on the AG's office term, therefore the law must be reviewed. He added that the prosecution against Yusril is legally valid therefore should be continued.
This ruling has obviously made Yusril very happy.
Considering that the Attorney General is the highest legal prosecutor in this country, I hope that President would immediately make a decision to solve this matter i.e. either to reinstate Hendarman as AG or find another person to take the job.
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