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Jakarta Post

Lawmakers suspended for bribery convictions

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 29 2012   /  09:29 am

TRIBUNNEWS.COM/RACHMAT HIDAYATThe House ethics council has suspended lawmakers Panda Nababan and Soewarno following their convictions for accepting bribes in the Bank Indonesia vote-buying scandal.

The lawmakers, both from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), would be expelled from the House of Representatives if their convictions were upheld after the pair had exhausted all their appeals, deputy ethics council chairman Siswono said here on Tuesday.

The Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced the lawmakers to 17 months’ imprisonment and to the Rp 50 million (US$5,450) in bribes they accepted to back Miranda S. Goeltom’s appointment to a Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor post in 2004.

“The House ethics council decided to suspend both legislators because the court named them defendants in a graft case. We will dismiss both of them if the court [of ...