Graft convict Mindo Rosalina Manulang will be a free woman by the end of July after the Justice and Human Rights Ministry granted her early parole. Rosalina’s release is compensation for her assistance in building a case against two high-profile graft suspects.
The decision was made at a June 19 meeting with Deputy Minister of Justice and Human Rights Denny Indrayana, the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK), the Corruption Eradication Commission and the Attorney General.
According to LPSK member David Nixon, Rosalina was a invaluable witness who assisted in the investigation of the Southeast Asian Games athlete’s village scandal, and enabled the KPK to gather information about the involvement of graft suspect Angelina Sondakh and graft convict Muhammad Nazaruddin — Nazaruddin is Rosalina’s former boss at his company Anak Negeri.
“There should be progress in handling white-collar crime,” David told Kompas.com. “One of the ways is giving special award, such as a sentence cut and parole.” David also said that the government should provide incentives to attract witnesses in building cases.
“The parole will be given as appreciation to a justice collaborator,” said Lili Pintauli, another LPSK member. “Rosa deserves a sentence cut amid the [government] tightening remission requirements for other graft convicts.”
In September 2011, the Anti-Corruption Court handed down a two-and-a half year sentence to Rosalina for her role as a broker in bribery case linked to the graft-infested bidding and construction of the SEA Games athlete’s village. Rosalina was found guilty of providing checks to civil servants and state officials, and fined Rp 200 million ($21,000).