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Jakarta Post

Official gets four years for graft

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 12 2008   /  10:37 am

The Corruption Court on Thursday sentenced senior Manpower and Transmigration Ministry official Taswin Zein to four years in prison for his role in a graft case involving his office. Prosecutors had only demanded two-and-half years for Taswin, a former treasurer at the ministry's productivity directorate, for aiding the embezzlement of Rp 13.7 billion (US$1.25 million) of state funds in his role as overseer of two procurement projects at his office between October 2004 and May 2005. The court also fined Taswin Rp 50 million, ruling that failure to pay the amount would result in a three-month extension to his prison term. He was also ordered to pay Rp 100 million as compensation for the money he pocketed in the crime. "The defendant has legally and convincingly been proven guilty of committing collective graft, violating Article 2 of the 1999 law against corruption," presiding...