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Hulu Sungai Tengah regent faces 8 years in prison

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 7, 2018   /   09:03 am
Hulu Sungai Tengah regent faces 8 years in prison Suspended Hulu Sungai Tengah regent Abdul Latif. (kompas.com/Robertus Belarminus)

Prosecutors from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has demanded that the Jakarta Corruption Court sentence Abdul Latif, the suspended regent of Hulu Sungai Tengah regency in South Kalimantan, to eight years in prison in a bribery case related to the construction of a regency-owned hospital.

“We demand that the judges declare the defendant guilty beyond reasonable doubt of committing corruption,” prosecutor Kresno Anto Wibowo said in court on Monday as reported by kompas.com.

Prosecutors said Abdul was proven to have accepted Rp 3.6 billion (US$248,614) in bribes, which were allegedly paid by local construction company PT Menara Agung Pusaka to secure a 2017 bid on the procurement of a number of hospital rooms.

They added that Abdul, in his capacity as a local leader, had betrayed the trust of people.

The KPK arrested Abdul during an operation in January.

During its investigation into the former regent, KPK investigators confiscated 16 luxury cars, including two Jeep Rubicons and motorcycles belonging to him. (ipa)