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Akil to face trial today

  • The Jakarta Post

Posted: Thu, February 20 2014 | 04:22 pm

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.

'€œThere 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.

'€œClearly 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 billion. ( bcw )

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