Former politician gets 16 years for graft

Former politician gets 16 years for graft

The Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced former Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq to 16 years in prison for graft and money laundering on Monday.

A panel of judges at the court found Luthfi guilty of violating Article 55 of Law No. 20/2001 on corruption as well as being involved in money laundering, a violation of articles 3 and 5 of Law No. 8/2010 on money laundering.

The judges also ordered Luthfi to pay Rp 1 billion (S$104,000) in fines.

The jail term is shorter than the 18-year sentence sought by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

In its sentence demand, prosecutors also ordered Luthfi to pay Rp 1.5 billion.

Responding to the verdict, Luthfi said that he would appeal the sentence.

"I don't accept this and will appeal," said Luthfi, who was later greeted by supporters chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) in the courtroom.

Luthfi said that he would not be concerned with the number of years he would spend in prison or how much of his assets would be seized by the state and would continue to fight his legal battle.

"The judges did not consider my defense statements at all," he said.

Luthfi is accused of accepting bribes from meat importing company PT Indoguna Utama in exchange for persuading party colleague Suswono, the agriculture minister, to increase the company's beef import quota.

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