Prosecutors seek 5 years
for ex-health minister

JAKARTA: Former health minister Achmad Sujudi, a defendant in a graft case at the ministry, may face a penalty of up to five years' imprisonment demanded by the prosecutors on Tuesday.

Prosecutors also demanded Sujudi pay Rp 200 million in fines, which could be replaced with three months in prison, in addition to the five years and Rp 700 million to return the estimated state loss, prosecutor team head Catharina Girsang said at the Corruption Court.

The team said they found Sujudi had played a key role in directly appointing PT Kimia Farma Trade and Distribution as a partner in a procurement project for health equipment in 2003. The equipment was to be distributed to 32 hospitals in eastern Indonesia.

Sujudi appointed the company through a ministerial decree. In November 2003, the contract was signed and Kimia Farma was paid Rp 170.5 billion. - JP

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