Judicial Commission to review former Langkat regent’s acquittal in human detention case

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Judicial Commission (KY) has reacted to the acquittal of former Langkat Regent Terbit Rencana Perangin Angin by the Stabat District Court in the human trafficking (TPPO) case. The panel of judges declared that Terbit Rencana was not found guilty according to the prosecution’s case and released him on Monday, July 8, 2024.

Mukti Fajar Nur Dewata, a member and spokesperson for the Judicial Commission, said he understood the negative public reaction to the acquittal.

“The Judicial Commission cannot judge whether the decision is right or wrong. But the Judicial Commission will further investigate the decision as a starting point for alleged violations of the judge’s code of ethics,” Mukti said in his written statement on Wednesday, July 10.

Mr. Mukti said that throughout the trial, the North Sumatra Judicial Commission took the initiative to monitor the hearings. “The monitoring team monitored the trial twice on certain aspects of the judge’s behavior, the conduct of the trial and the situation and conditions of the court to ensure that the judge is independent and impartial in his decisions without any interference from any party.”

The human confinement case came to light after the “Plan to Combat Wind” was involved in a corruption scandal. During a search of his home, investigators from the Corruption Eradication Commission discovered a human cage.

Further investigation by Komnas HAM and LPSK revealed that the victims were forced into these cages for no apparent reason and were subjected to torture and slavery. The two institutions also found that between 2019 and 2022, people died while being held in the Langkat Regent’s cage. There are also allegations that the police and the TNI were involved in the case.


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