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Woman gets 4 years for
bribery

The Semarang Corruption Court sentenced Sri Dartutik to four years in prison minus time served in detention and fined her Rp 150 million (US$1,546) or an additional three-months in jail for attempting to bribe three judges.

“Dartutik has been legally and without reasonable doubt found guilty of bribery as charged in the indictment,” presiding judge Erentuah Damanik said when reading out the verdict of the panel of judges hearing the case on Wednesday.

The sentence is less than the seven years’ imprisonment and Rp 250 billion fine sought by prosecutors.

The fact that Dartutik was involved in corruption at a time when the country is striving to eradicate the practice went against her. However, that Dartutik had no previous criminal record and had admitted her to wrongdoing were mitigating factors.

The defendant was charged with violating Article 6 (1a) of the Corruption Law for attempting to bribe judges in order to influence the verdict in a criminal case. According to the law, a person involved in bribery can be sentenced to a minimum three years and maximum 15 years in prison, with a minimum Rp 150 million and maximum Rp 750 million fine.

Dartutik was found guilty of paying a Rp 150 million bribe to three Semarang Corruption Court judges handling the case of her brother, M. Yaeni. In the bribery attempt, Dartutik was assisted by Pontianak Corruption Court judge Heru Kisbandono, who is also now on trial. Prosecutors have demanded a 10-year prison term for Heru.

Dartutik intended to pay judges Kartini Marpaung, Pragsono and Asmadinata to give a light sentence to her brother. Only Kartini was caught red-handed accepting a bribe.

Dartutik’s brother, the non-active speaker of Central Java's Grobongan Legislative Council, is currently being tried for misappropriation of the 2006-2008 budget allocated for the council secretariat’s official cars. This misappropriation caused Rp 1.9 billion in state losses.

Dartutik was caught by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Aug. 17, 2012, shortly after she handed the money to Heru.

Dartutik said she would consider appealing the verdict. A similar statement was made by the KPK’s chief prosecutor.

“I am just a victim in this case. This should be a lesson to all of us. A lot of people are doing exactly the same thing that I did, but I’m the only person getting caught,” Dartutik commented. (ogi)

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