The Jakarta Post
Graft convict and former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto has filed a case review petition to challenge the guilty verdict he was handed in a high-profile e-ID corruption case, his lawyer has said.
The preliminary hearing for the former Golkar Party chairman’s case review kicked off at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday, said Setya’s lawyer, Maqdir Ismail.
Maqdir claimed that new evidence had been found and that the judges had made a mistake in pronouncing Setya guilty and sentencing him to 15 years in prison and therefore the petition had been filed with the Supreme Court.
“We hope [Setya] can be freed; we believe his indictment was wrong,” Maqdir said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.
Maqdir, however, refused to give details of the petition in Setya’s case review appeal.
The Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced Setya to 15 years in prison in April last year after finding him guilty of rigging the Rp 5.9 trillion (US$424 million) e-ID procurement project, which reportedly caused Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses.
The court also ordered him to pay Rp 500 million in fines and restitution equaling the US$7.3 million he obtained in the case. (dpk)