High court slaps another
three years on Hengky’s

The Jakarta High Court decided Wednesday to add three years to the 15-year jail term of businessman Hengky Samuel Daud, who filed an appeal to the court.

Hengky was sentenced to 15 years in February for his role in a graft case involving the procurement of fire trucks.

Judge Andi Samsan Nganro confirmed the verdict, saying the judges found a number of revisions from the verdict by the Corruption Court.

“First, the judges considered the state losses to be high. Second, the defendant involved many high-level state officials that triggered public distrust in the state.

“Third, the defendant often pressured and blackmailed officials in order to smoothen his dealings,” Andi explained.

Besides Andi, the five judge panel was made up of Roos Darmini, M. As’ad Al’maruf, Sudiro and Abdurrahman Hasan.

The initial verdict also imposed a Rp 500 million fine, demanded Hengky pay Rp 82.64 billion in restitutions to the state, and face three years jail if he failed to pay.

The high court did not change the amounts of fines and restitutions. But if Hengky failed to pay, he  would instead face an additional five years in prison.

Hengky, the director of PT Istana Sarana Raya, was involved in major graft cases involving the procurement of fire trucks across the country from 2003 to 2006, which caused state losses of up to Rp 11 billion (US$1.22 million).

Hengky was charged with marking up the prices of the fire trucks supplied to several provinces, municipalities and regencies, with the approval of then home minister Sabarno.

The trucks were distributed to the Central Java, Bali, North Sulawesi, North Maluku and Bengkulu, as well as the regencies of Kendari, Minahasa, Bolaang Mongondow, Central Lampung and Tanggamus.

The judges found that Hengky had bribed a number of top officials at the ministry, including Sabarno, and local leaders in many regions.

The Corruption Court has handed down sentences to several regional heads implicated in the case but Sabarno has so far avoided conviction.

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