Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has lashed out at the light sentence the South Jakarta District Court handed down to former taxman Gayus Tambunan, saying it would hurt the public’s sense of justice.
“People will be disappointed since it is by no means a heavy sentence,” ICW analyst Firdaus Ilyas told The Jakarta Post. Gayus was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay Rp 300 million in damages.
However, Firdaus attributed the light sentence to loopholes in the legal proceedings.
“The inquiry process, evidence and legal proceedings apparently have many loopholes so that the result won’t satisfy the people,” he said.
According to Firdaus, Gayus’ case is merely a small indication of the extent of the tax mafia’s reach in the country.
“It will not be shock therapy for the mafia. And since the mafia in the tax office and court remain untouched, similar crimes will continue in the future,” he said.