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Jakarta Post

Amran’s verdict gives hope to graft fight

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 12 2013   /  11:42 am

In a surprise verdict, the Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Amran Batalipu, the former regent of Buol in Central Sulawesi, to seven years and six months in jail for bribery, the heaviest punishment given to an official for committing the crime in the last four years.

“The panel of judges has found Amran guilty of committing corruption,” presiding judge Gusrizal Lubis read from the verdict on Monday.

The judges also ordered him to pay a Rp 300 million (US$31,211) fine or serve an additional six months behind bars. According to the judges, Amran’s conduct was counter to the government’s corruption eradication efforts, while mitigating factors included the fact that he had never before been convicted of a crime.

Amran was charged with bribery as stipulated in the Corruption Law and abuse of power under the Criminal Code. Even though the maximum sentence...