Prosecutors seek 12 years for Angelina
Angelina Sondakh: (JP/P.J. Leo)
A team of prosecutors on Thursday demanded 12 years’ imprisonment and a Rp 500 million fine for the beauty queen-turned-politician Angelina Sondakh, a defendant in a Youth and Sports Ministry bribery scandal.
“She was proven guilty of abusing her authority [as a member of the House of Representatives’ Budgetary Body and the sports commission’s working team] as stipulated in Article 12 of the Corruption Law,” said prosecutor Kresno Anto Wibowo, reading out the sentence demands at the Jakarta Corruption Court.
The prosecutors’ team deemed Angie guilty of receiving Rp 12.58 billion (US$1.3 million) and US$ 2.35 million in kickbacks from Permai Group, a holding company belonging to former Democratic Party treasurer M. Nazaruddin, which won the tender to build Jakabaring Athletes’ Village in Palembang, South Sumatra.
The prosecutors also demanded that Angelina return all the money she had received from Permai Group to the state, kompas.com reported.
Based on facts unveiled during the previous trials, the prosecutors’ team said Angelina had maintained a relationship with the group’s marketing director, Mindo Rosalina Manulang—also a defendant in the case—regarding the project tender. In their meetings, Angelina agreed to help the group win the tender. She asked for five percent of the total project’s value as a reward.
Angelina and her team of lawyers will read their plea on Jan.3. (swd)