The Jakarta Post
A panel of judges with the Bandung Corruption Court in West Java sentenced Lippo Group executive Billy Sindoro to three-and-a-half years of imprisonment on Tuesday after he was found guilty in a bribery case related to the Meikarta property megaproject.
Apart from the prison sentence, the bench also ordered Billy to pay a fine of Rp 100 million (US$7,078) or serve an additional two months behind bars in default, presiding judge Judijanto Hadi Laksana read the verdict during the hearing.
The sentence was lighter than the demand made by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors of five years in prison and a fine of Rp 200 million.
Billy told the panel of judges he would think before filing an appeal against the ruling.
“We will also discuss it before deciding whether to file an appeal,” KPK prosecutor I Wayan Riana told journalists after the hearing.
According to the indictment, the Lippo conglomerate ordered Billy to handle the permits for the Meikarta township megaproject on 438 hectares of land in Cibatu, South Cikarang, Bekasi. The plan included, among other things, apartment buildings, a shopping mall and a hospital.
Billy gave Bekasi regent Neneng Hasanah Yasin a total of Rp 16 billion and S$270,000 and more money to other officials in the administration.
Apart from Billy, the court also found three other Lippo employees and consultants -- Henry Jasmen P. Sitohang, Fitradjadja Purnama and Taryudi -- guilty in the case. Judges sentenced Henry to three years behind bars, while giving 1.5-year prison sentences to Fitradjadja and Taryudi. (kuk)