Indonesian businessman gets 8 years for graft

INDONESIA - The panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday sentenced Former president director of PT Netway Utama Gani Abdul Gani to eight years in prison for graft.

The bench said that Gani was proven guilty of abusing his authority to enrich himself and others in carrying out two IT projects financed by the state electricity company PT PLN in Jakarta, Tangerang and East Java from 2004 to 2008. "We declare the defendant guilty of corruption," presiding judge Amin Ismanto told the court on Monday.

Gani was also required to pay a Rp 500 million fine (S$55,000) or serve an additional six months in jail. The judges claimed that Gani's action had resulted in Rp 46.1 billion in state losses.

Previously, the court convicted former PLN chief Eddie Widiono Suwondho for directly appointing Gani's firm illegally when outsourcing a computerized customer information system (CIS-RISI) for PLN in Jakarta and Tangerang.

Gani is required to pay back to the state the sum of Rp 5 billion, which he illegitimately procured from the project. He is also required to return $24,400 and Rp 4.2 billion in relation to the project in East Java.

"The defendant has to return the money to the state within one month of the verdict being announced," Amin said.