Tommy Suharto, the eldest son of a former Indonesian President, was released from jail today having served only part of a very lenient jail term after being found guilty of organising the successful murder of a Supreme Court Judge.
The Suharto trial and early prison release casts some doubt over the integrity of the Indonesian justice system.
I hope he gets a fair trial.
But it doesn’t bode well when an Indonesian newspaper publishes an article with the heading ‘Put Ness in Jail’ explaining that the Attorney General’s office is already convinced Ness is guilty and that the public prosecutors can expect promotions.
Blogger Declan Butler has followed and reported on the trial of Bulgarian aid workers in prison in Libya and how the local justice system has refused to accept evidence showing the foreigners to be innocent. In a recent blog post Butler suggests their best hope is for the international community to maintain an interest in the trial.
Richard’s son Eric has a blog dedicated to his father’s trial at www.richardness.org.