JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A total 92,816 prisoners across the country received remission of their sentences by the government in conjunction with the 72nd National Day celebration yesterday.
Law and Human Rights Minister, Yasonna H Laoly in a statement said, of the total, 90,372 prisoners had their jail terms reduced, while 2,444 others were freed yesterday.
He said the remission was aimed at giving an opportunity to selected prisoners with good behaviour to return to normal lives and become better persons.
Yasonna was also quoted by online media as saying that the remission given also reduced national expenditure by Rp102 billion (about RM300,000).
The Indonesian National Day celebration took place in a merry and colourful atmosphere starting with a ceremony to hoist the red-white flag in the compound of Istana Merdeka here.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), his deputy Jusuf Kalla and Cabinet members also seen donning the customary attires during the 72nd independence declaration memorial ceremony in the compound of the palace.
Also present at the event which began at 8 am were the republic's former presidents namely, Bachruddin Jusuf Habibie, Megawati Soekarnoputri and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Indonesia gained independence and became a republic on Aug 17, 1945 with Soekarno as the first president.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK