Judge who made rape remark not picked as justice

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 2:04 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 2:30 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court who suggested in a panel interview that rape victims might enjoy the act has not been selected for the post and may lose his job as a judge.

The Judicial Commission, the country's highest justice body which proposes candidates for the Supreme Court, said Friday it recommended that Judge Muhammad Daming Sunusi be dismissed for breaching judicial ethics.

Sunusi told the selection panel Jan. 14 that since both the attacker and the victim "might have enjoyed it we have to think twice about imposing the death penalty" for rape. He apologized after the remark sparked public outrage and said it was intended to be a joke.

Eight potential new justices were approved by the House Commission III on Wednesday. Sunusi received zero votes.

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