The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court (Tipikor)
is scheduled to start the trial of former Constitutional Court chairman Akil
Mochtar on Thursday with the reading of his indictment for his alleged
involvement in accepting bribes and money laundering.
“There haven’t been any special preparations
prior to today’s hearing,” Akil’s lawyer Tamsil Sjoeker said as quoted by
Antara news agency.
Akil stands accused of accepting
bribes denominated in both Singaporean and US dollars, amounting to nearly Rp 3
billion, from Golkar lawmaker Chairun Nisa and a businessman named Cornelis.
Akil was arrested at his official
residence at the Widya Chandra housing complex in Jakarta on Oct. 2 last year.
“Clearly Akil did not feel that he
received the money, the trial must prove who gave and received the money
itself,” Tamsil added.
Akil will be tried under Law No. 20/2001 on corruption in lieu of
Article 12c or Article 6 subsection 2 of Law No. 31/1999 on bribery with a
maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of Rp 1 billion (US$84,904).
With regard to money laundering, the
law carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of Rp 10