The Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Bimanesh Sutarjo, a doctor of private hospital Medika Permata Hijau, to three years behind bars for hindering the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) investigation into the role of former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto in the e-ID graft case.
“[We] have found the defendant Bimanesh Sutarjo guilty of obstructing the corruption case investigation,” presiding judge Mahfuddin read out the verdict during a hearing on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.
The court also ordered the doctor to pay Rp 150 million (US$10,507) in fines or serve an additional month in jail.
The verdict was lighter than six years of imprisonment and Rp 300 million in fines demanded by KPK prosecutors.
Bimanesh conspired with Setya’s former lawyer Fredrich Yunadi in November, granting the latter’s request to have the politician hospitalized for hypertension, as stated in a medical record from Premier Jatinegara Hospital in East Jakarta, where Setya had been previously treated.
Setya was sentenced to 15 years in jail over the graft case in April this year.
Investigators raided Setya’s house on Nov. 15 to arrest him after he had evaded KPK questioning, only to find that he had left his home hours before the raid. A day later, the embattled politician was admitted to Medika Permata Hijau Hospital in South Jakarta after he was involved in what we claimed was a car accident.
Fredrich was sentenced to seven years in prison last month, also on obstruction of justice charges. (kuk)