Businessman gets seven years for bribing justice Patrialis
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced meat importer Basuki Hariman to seven years in prison on Monday for bribing former Constitutional Court justice Patrialis Akbar via a middleman and the justice's aide Kamaludin.
“The defendant has been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of serial corruption,” presiding judge Nawawi Pomolongo said when reading out the verdict at the court in Jakarta as quoted from kompas.com.
Basuki was also ordered to pay Rp 400 million (US$30,000) in fines on pain of an additional three months in prison.
“The accused [Basuki] met Patrialis on several occasions in September, October and December 2016 in order to sway a judicial review in his favor,” the judge said.
Also on Monday, Basuki's employee Ng Fenny was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay Rp 200 million in fines or spend an extra two months in prison.
The two were convicted of handing over $50,000 in bribes to Patrialis in order to influence the court justices to issue a favorable ruling in the judicial review of Law No. 41/2014 on animal health and husbandry.
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors had previously demanded Basuki be sentenced to 11 years in prison and Ng Fenny to 10.5 years.
Patrialis will hear his verdict soon. Prosecutors have demanded he be sentenced to 12.5 years in prison. (ecn/bbs)
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