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Court extends prison term for ex-BI chief

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 10 2009   /  02:39 pm

The Jakarta High Court has extended by six months former Bank Indonesia governor Burhanuddin Abdullah's prison sentence for his role in the misappropriation in 2003 of Rp 100 billion (US$8.55 million) of the central bank's money. "The high court has sentenced Burhanuddin to five-and-a-half years, a heavier sentence due to his prominent status as a former BI governor, a role that should have set an example for the people," said judge Madya Suharja. The Corruption Court had previously sentenced Abdullah to five years' imprisonment after finding him "legally and convincingly guilty of committing collective fraud" with other members of the BI board of governors, BI former legal bureau head Oey Hoey Tiong and former communications head Rusli Simanjuntak. Oey and Rusli have also been jailed in the case, while the quartet of former deputy BI governors - Bun Bunan Hutapea, Aslim T...