The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Corruption Court has revealed the extent of bribery involving Akil Mochtar during a graft case in which the former Constitutional Court chief justice appeared as defendant. The alleged bribery exposed in the case included names and other details relating to 15 regional election disputes.
According to the court, Akil accepted Rp 3 billion (US$255,450) in bribes from Gunung Mas Regent Hambit Bintih, through Golkar lawmaker Chairun Nisa. On a different occasion, Akil was promised Rp 1 billion from one of his sidekicks, lawyer Susi Tur Andayani, to issue a ruling in favor of Amir Hamzah and Kasmin, contenders in the Lebak regency election. The money was from Tubagus Chaeri 'Wawan' Wardana.
Prosecutors also managed to find evidence that Akil had accepted bribes of Rp 7.5 billion from Wawan to settle the Banten governor election dispute in favor of Ratu Atut.
On another occasion, evidence has revealed that Susi Tur Andayani forwarded Rp 500 million of 'success fees' to Akil after he ruled in favor of Rycko Menoza and Eki Setyanto, who had been elected as South Lampung regent and deputy regent.
Akil was also found to have accepted Rp 10 billion and US$500,000 for fixing the Empat Lawang regency election through Muhtar Ependy. Also through Muhtar Ependy, Akil was reported to have accepted Rp 19.8 billion in bribes to ensure the win of the Romi Herton-Harno Joyo ticket at the Palembang mayor elections.
Furthermore, tribunnews.com reported that Akil had accepted Rp 1 billion to settle the Buton regency dispute.
The court saw further evidence that Akil had accepted Rp 2.9 billion to settle disputes relating to the Morotai Island regency elections. Additionally, Akil accepted Rp 1.8 billion from Raja Bonaran Situmeang, a former lawyer who won the seat of Central Tapanuli regent.
The court was presented with further evidence revealing that Akil had requested Rp 125 million as a 'consultation fee' from Papua Deputy Governor Alex Hesegem. Akil had been promised Rp 10 billion in bribes from incumbent Soekarwo during the East Java governor election dispute.
Akil, former Golkar Party politician, has been charged with multiple offences and could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison. (tjs/dic)
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