Mataram councillor challenges graft charges
The Jakarta Post
A Mataram councillor who was arrested for allegedly demanding money from a local official in connection with reconstruction projects in Lombok has filed a pretrial motion at the Mataram District Court in West Nusa Tenggara.
Muhir was arrested by the Mataram Prosecutors Office on Sept. 14 after he was caught red-handed accepting Rp 30 million (US$2,017) in cash from Mataram Culture and Education Agency head Sudanom and staff member Catur Totok.
The money was allegedly a share he would receive from a school reconstruction project after it was damaged by series of earthquakes in August.
He was later declared a suspect for accepting a bribe and could face up to 20 years in prison.
Muhir challenged the charges slapped on him. His lawyer Ahmad Ernady said that a pretrial motion was filed on Friday.
“We just have to wait for the hearing’s schedule and the judge who will preside it,” he said at the Mataram Prosecutors Office as quoted by Antara news agency.
The petition is challenging the procedure involving Muhir’s arrest and other law enforcement procedures taken by prosecutors. (ris)
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