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Former Villages Ministry officials get 1.5 years for graft

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 25, 2017   /   06:55 pm
Former Villages Ministry officials get 1.5 years for graft Two former Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry officials face one and a half years in prison. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Judges with the Jakarta Corruption Court have found former Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry officials Sugito and Jarot Budi Prabowo guilty of offering bribes to Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) auditors, sentencing them to one and a half years in prison.

“Sugito is ordered to pay Rp 100 million (US$7,362) in fines or serve an additional six months in prison,” presiding judge Diah Siti Basariah said on Wednesday, adding that Jarot had to pay Rp 75 million in fines.

The punishment was lighter than the one demanded by prosecutors, which was two years for both defendants.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Sugito and Jarot bribery suspects after investigators caught them red-handed offering bribes to two BPK auditors, Rochmadi Saptogiri and Ali Sadli, in an effort to obtain a wajar tanpa pengecualian (an unqualified opinion) — the highest audit level — for the ministry’s 2016 budget report.

The bribes, amounting to Rp 240 million, are believed to come from various echelon I officers of the ministry.

The trial for Rochmadi and Ali is ongoing, with the former having read his refutation against KPK prosecutors’ indictment in a separate courtroom. (ahw)