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Bekasi officials sentenced
to jail

The Corruption Court sentenced two Bekasi municipal officials to imprisonment Monday for bribery intended to influence the auditing process of the municipality’s 2009 financial report.
“The court finds that the defendants have been proven guilty of delivering bribes and sentences Herry Lukmantohari to two years and six months in prison and Herry Suparjan to two years in prison,” presiding judge Jupriadi said at the hearing in Jakarta on Monday.
Both Lukmantohari and Suparjan’s actions could set a bad precedent for public perceptions of government agencies, the judges said.
The two were found guilty of delivering a total of Rp 400 million (US$44,800) in bribes from Bekasi Municipal secretary Tjandra Utama Effendi to two West Java Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) auditors, Suharto and Enang Hernawan, to influence them to unconditionally approve the municipality’s 2009 financial report.
The court also instructed the two auditors to pay Rp 100 million each in restitution to the state, or serve an additional three months in prison.
During a previous trial session, prosecutors requested that the court sentence the defendants to three years in jail each. (ipa)

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