Indonesian judge gets 12 years in prison

Indonesian judge gets 12 years in prison

INDONESIA - The Bandung Corruption Court handed down a 12-year sentence and a Rp 200 million (S$20,000) fine to a judge who was found guilty in a bribery case linked to social aid funds at the Bandung city administration.

The sentence was lighter than that sought by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) of 16 years and a Rp 400 million fine.

The defendant, Setyabudi Tejocahyono, as well as the prosecutors, said they would consider filing an appeal.

Presiding judge Nur Hakim and members of the panel of judges, Barita Lumban Gaol and Basari Budhi, said the defendant was proven beyond reasonable doubt to have committed corruption.

The panel of judges deemed the defendant was guilty of violating various articles of Law No. 31/1999, amended to Law No. 20/2001 on corruption eradication.

"If the defendant fails to pay the Rp 200 million fine, he must face another three months in prison," said Nur Hakim in his verdict, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

The judges pointed to the defendant being a judge and his insensitivity to the government's efforts to eradicate corruption.

As a member of a law enforcement institution, Setyabudi had failed to set a good example for corruption eradication efforts and had breached the code of ethics of judges.

Mitigating factors were Setyabudi had admitted to the crime and had expressed remorse. He had never been punished before and had been cooperative and polite during court sessions.

After the trial, Setyabudi's lawyer Joko Sriwidodo said the verdict was tough on his client and he would discuss with Setyabudi whether to file an appeal.

Earlier on Monday, the court slapped a seven year jail term on Toto Hutagalung, a defendant in the bribery case.

The court ordered him to pay Rp 200 million, or face another three months in jail.

Toto, a businessman and head of the mass organisation Gasibu Pajajaran, was proven to have bribed Setyabudi in connection with social aid funds disbursed by the Bandung city administration in 2009 and 2010.

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