20-year prison sentence demanded for First Travel bosses
The Jakarta Post
Prosecutors have asked the judges' panel of the Depok District Court, West Java, to sentence two bosses of travel company First Travel—Andika Surachman and Aniesa Hasibuan—to 20 years in prison each for committing an umrah (minor haj) scam.
During a hearing at the court on Monday, the prosecutors also asked the judges to order them to pay Rp 10 billion (US$711,288) in fines or face an additional one year and four months in prison.
“We demand 20 years in prison for Andika Surachman and Anniesa Desvitasari Hasibuan, [minus] the time they have already spent in their detention facilities,” prosecutor Heri Jerman said as quoted by tribunnews.com.
Both defendants are charged under the Criminal Code’s articles 378 and 55 on fraud and Article 3 of Law No. 8/2010 on money laundering.
Also at Monday’s hearing, the prosecutors demanded the Depok District Court's judge panel to sentence First Travel finance manager Siti Nuraida Hasibuan, aka Kiki, to 18 years in prison and ordered her to pay Rp 5 billion in fines, or face an additional one year in prison.
First Travel was established by Andika and his wife Aniesa in 2009. In July 2017, they were accused of scamming around Rp 848 billion from 58,682 umrah hopefuls. (hol/ebf)
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