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Jakarta Post

Angie gets light jail sentence

  • Ina Parlina and Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 11 2013   /  09:00 am

In an anticlimactic end to a graft trial, the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday sentenced Democratic Party lawmaker Angelina “Angie” Sondakh to four-and-a-half-years in jail and ordered her to pay a fine of Rp 250 million (US$ 26,000) for corruption.

The panel of judges found the former beauty queen guilty of accepting Rp 2.5 billion and $1.2 million from the Permai Group, a holding company owned by Muhammad Nazaruddin, a former Democratic Party treasurer.

“It has been proven that [the defendant] received Rp 2.5 billion and $1.2 million. The money, from the Permai Group, was paid to secure budget allocation at the Education and Culture Ministry,” presiding Judge Sudjatmiko said, reading out the verdict.

The verdict was far more lenient than the sentence demanded by the prosecutors who sought 12 years for Angelina, a member of the House of Representatives (...