The Corruption Court
on Tuesday sentenced Ary Muladi to five years in prison for his attempt to bribe
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders at the behest of graft convict
“Ary conspired with
Anggodo to commit corruption,” presiding judge Nani Indrawati said, reading out
“We sentence Ary to
five years in prison and oblige him to pay Rp 250 million [US$29,366] in fines
or serve an additional six months in prison.”
The prison term was
what prosecutors sought, but the fine was higher.
Indrawati said Ary
deserved the prison term as he discredited the KPK when he testified that he
had given a bribe of Rp 5.1 billion to a certain KPK official named Yulianto,
who he said would give the money to KPK deputy chairmen Ade Rahardja and
Chandra M Hamzah.
The bribe was to
entice the KPK to stall its investigation into graft allegations surrounding
Anggodo’s brother, Anggoro Widjojo, including in a communication system tender
at the Forestry Ministry in 2007.
However, Ary failed
to prove that Yulianto received the money.
KPK investigators looking
into his claims found no KPK official named Yulianto, leading to suspicion that
Ary may have given false testimony.
“Thus we are left with
no choice but to believe that there was no person by the name of Yulianto.
Therefore the court can only prove two things, that Ary Muladi attempted to
bribe KPK officials and that he did not know of Yulianto’s whereabouts, which
defamed the KPK as law enforcement institution,” Indrawati added.