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Former Dems lawmaker Nazaruddin walks free on parole

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 17, 2020   /   11:06 am
Former Dems lawmaker Nazaruddin walks free on parole Former Democratic Party treasurer M. Nazaruddin talks with his lawyer after a hearing at the Jakarta Corruption Court in Central Jakarta on April 6, 2016. (ANTARA FOTO/Rosa Panggabean)

Former Democratic Party treasurer and graft convict M. Nazaruddin was released on parole from Sukamiskin Penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, on Sunday. 

“The parole is effective from June 14 until Aug. 13,” said Rika Aprianti, a spokesperson for the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General, as quoted by kompas.com.

She added that Nazaruddin would be supervised by Bandung Correctional Board officials during his parole.

The former Dems lawmaker was convicted in two separate corruption cases. In 2012, he was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison for accepting Rp 4.6 billion (US$325,000) linked to the construction of the Sea Games athlete’s village in South Sumatra.

The Supreme Court later imposed a heavier sentence of seven years’ imprisonment during an appeal.

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Four years later, the corruption court sentenced Nazaruddin to six years in prison and fined him Rp 1 billion for laundering nearly Rp 600 billion he obtained from corrupt practices.

He was believed to have accepted a Rp 23 billion bribe from construction firm PT Duta Graha Indah and Rp 17 billion from PT Nindya Karya in connection to several projects for the education and health ministries during his term as party treasurer and lawmaker.

According to the verdicts, Nazaruddin was supposed to serve 13 years behind bars and to be released in 2025.

“However, based on a ministerial decree, the convict has received several remissions, reducing his sentence by 45 months and 120 days,” said the ministry’s West Java corrections division head, Abdul Aris, as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.

A 2012 government regulation on remissions stipulates that graft convicts are eligible for remission if they cooperate with law enforcers to uncover a graft case. (nal)