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Jakarta Post

Billy on trial for broadcasting rights graft

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 10 2008   /  07:49 am

Lippo Group executive Billy Sindoro stood trial Tuesday in a bribery case which prosecutors said he initiated to convince an anti-monopoly agency to rule in his favor in a dispute over the right to broadcast English Premier League matches.
Corruption Eradication Commission prosecutors said in their indictment the defendant had taken part in formulating the Business Competition Supervisory Board (KPPU) ruling to help Lippo subsidiary company PT Direct Vision retain the broadcasting rights.
“The defendant has given Rp 500 million (US$45,578) to Mohammad Iqbal, then a member of a panel commission handling the monopoly dispute as a reward after the commission ruled in favor of PT Direct Vision,” prosecutor Sarjono Turin read the indictment at the Corruption Court.
Billy is charged with bribery and gratuity and could face a maximum sentence of five years...