The Jakarta Post
Prosecutors on Wednesday demanded judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court sentence Agung Podomoro Land’s (APL) former CEO, Ariesman Widjaja, to four years in prison for allegedly bribing Jakarta councilor Muhammad Sanusi in connection with a reclamation project in Jakarta Bay.
“We demand the judges sentence Ariesman to four years’ imprisonment and a Rp 250 million (US$19,131) fine, with his detention period deducted,” said prosecutor Ali Fikri as reported by tribunnews.com.
The case is related to the alleged effort of PT APL, one of the developers of islets in Jakarta Bay, to have a compulsory contribution reduced. The contribution was for the Jakarta administration based on property sales on the reclaimed land.
The contribution percentage was expected to be set during the deliberation of a reclamation bill at the Jakarta City Council. The original draft bill reportedly stipulated that the contribution was 15 percent from property sales, while the company reportedly sought to have it reduced to 5 percent.
The City Council stopped deliberation of two bills on the reclamation soon after the arrest of Sanusi and APL official Trinanda Prihantoro by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) late March, which was followed by the surrender of Ariesman. (bbn)
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