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Former regent sentenced
to 1.5 years for embezzlement

The Semarang Corruption Court on Monday sentenced Bambang Bintoro, former regent of Batang, Central Java, to one and a half years imprisonment and ordered him to pay a fine of Rp 50 million (US$5,226) for misappropriating the Batang regency’s 2004 budget.

Bambang, a politician from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), was proven guilty of using Rp 796 million to cover the insurance premiums of 45 councilors.

He was charged under Law No. 31/1999 and Law No. 20/2001 that relate to corruption eradication.

“The defendant is found guilty of committing corruption,” said presiding judge Noor Edyono, before Bambang who was wearing a checkered shirt, as popularized by a PDI-P politician and Surakarta mayor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

The verdict was lower than the four years' imprisonment sought by the prosecutors; furthermore, the panel of judges did not order the defendant to repay the embezzled money. Bambang said he would consider whether or not he would appeal against the verdict.

“The judges perceived that I have committed corruption. I will consider the verdict,” he said. (yps/swd)

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