Online court hearings see peak in death penalty cases: Study – Society

Yvette Tanamal (The Jakarta Post)


Jakarta   ●  
Fri, May 27, 2022

The number of death sentences handed to Indonesian criminals reached a record-high in 2020, and continued to be unusually high, a 2021 Amnesty International Indonesia (AII) report revealed, correlating the upward trend to the implementation of online courts where all trials are conducted virtually in response to COVID-19 protocols.

The report showed a largely consistent upward trend in the number of death sentences issued by the state since at least 2018, before reaching a climax in 2020 and almost plateauing the following year. Drug-related cases made up 82 percent of all new death penalty cases in 2021, or 94 out of 114. Though the issuance of capital punishment continued to rise, there was no recorded execution during the year.

“The number of death sentences issued by Indonesia remained at a high level in the second year of COVID-19. This is concerning as it is caused by the obstruction of non-virtual hearings,” said the report.

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