Angelina faces multiple graft charges
Lawmaker Angelina “Angie” Sondakh faces multiple charges for her alleged role in two graft cases related to the Youth and Sports Ministry and the Education and Culture Ministry.
The prosecutors indicted Angelina under Articles 5 and 11 on bribery, and Article 12 on kickbacks, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Prosecutor Agus Salim alleged that Angie took a total of Rp 33.37 billion (US$3.5 million) in kickbacks, comprising Rp 12.85 billion related to the Southeast Asian Games’ athletes’ village construction project and US$2.35 million related to fraudulent budget allocations worth Rp 600 billion to 16 state universities by the Education and Culture Ministry, the money came from holding firm Permai Group, owned by corruption convict M. Nazaruddin.
Agus explained that Angie, who was a member of the budgetary committee at the House of Representatives’ Commission X, overseeing education, culture and sports, arranged the budget discussions and helped the company to win those projects.
Angie then allegedly communicated with Permai Group’s marketing director Mindo Rosa Manulang about how to set the fees, which were 5 percent of the total budget allocation, and how to deliver the money. (cor)