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Miryam gets five years in prison over perjury

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, November 13, 2017 | 12:35 pm
Miryam gets five years in prison over perjury Guilty: Former House of Representatives lawmaker Miryam S. Haryani appears in her perjury case trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Oct. 23. The court's judge panel sentenced her to five years in prison in a hearing on Monday. (Antara/Rosa Panggabean)

Jakarta Corruption Court judges sentenced former House of Representatives lawmaker Miryam S. Haryani to five years in prison after she was found guilty of committing perjury.

Reading out the court’s verdict in a hearing on Monday, presiding judge Frangki Tambuwun also ordered the former Hanura Party politician to pay Rp 200 million (US$14,760) in fines or serve an additional three months’ imprisonment in default.

The verdict was lighter than the sentence demanded by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors, who had sought eight years behind bars and fines amounting to Rp 300 million.

(Read also: Court to hand down verdict on Miryam's perjury trial today)

Both Miryam and prosecutors said they would think about whether they would appeal the verdict.

Miryam was convicted of being untruthful during investigation and trial processes of the high-profile electronic identity (e-ID) graft case.

The former politician told the court in March that she retracted all statements she had given to KPK investigators, claiming she had made those statements under the coercion of the investigators. The claim was dismissed by KPK investigators in their testimony in court on March 30. (ebf)

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