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Pollycarpus' Christmas present a 45-day sentence cut

Jakarta Post - December 22, 2011

Jakarta – Pollycarpus Budihari Prijanto, the convicted murderer of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib, will receive remission of 45 days to coincide with the upcoming Christmas holiday.

"For Christmas this year, Pollycarpus will receive one month and 15 days sentence remission," head of the penitentiary division at West Java regional office of the Law and Human Rights Ministry Dedi Sutardi said on Thursday as quoted by tempo.com.

Pollycarpus was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2008 for the pre-meditated murder of Munir, who founded Kontras.

He is now filing a review over of his case to the Supreme Court. "We haven't received the result of his case review," Dedi said.

Pollycarpus has received a series of sentence remissions granted every Independence Day and Christmas Day. According to data compiled by Kontras, the government has cut Pollycarpus' jail term by a total of 24.5 months as of September, through seven remission grants since he was sentenced in 2008. (iwa)