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Romahurmuziy receives lighter sentence than prosecutors’ demands

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /  07:10 am
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The Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad "Romy" Romahurmuziy to two years imprisonment for accepting bribes.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad "Romy" Romahurmuziy to two years in prison for accepting bribes and allowed him to keep his political rights, a punishment lighter than demanded by prosecutors. "[The court] declares that Mohammad Romahurmuziy has been officially and convincingly proven to be guilty of the crime of corruption," head judge Fazal Hendri said at the Jakarta Corruption Court in Central Jakarta on Monday.  The sentence was half of the four years demanded by prosecutors last week. The judges also decided not to strip Romy of his political rights, in contrast to the prosecutors’ demands. Fazal said the judges' decided to defer to a 2019 Constitutional Court ruling that stated that former convicts could run for elected office five years after they had served their sentenc...