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Antigraft efforts hit by court leniency

  • Galih Gumelar

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Sidang Anas Urbaningrum(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Supreme Court has once again come under fire for undermining the antigraft movement, this time for reducing the graft sentence of former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum in a recent case review, setting another precedent for other graft convicts to methodically seek reduced sentences.   On Wednesday, a panel of three Supreme Court justices led by Sunarto reduced Anas’ prison sentence from the initial 14 years to just eight years, according to a copy of the ruling obtained by The Jakarta Post.   The justices also demanded Anas, who served as party chief between 2010 and 2013, pay a fine of Rp 300 million (US$20,164), which, if not paid, would see him serve an extra three months’ imprisonment.   He was found guilty by the Jakarta Corruption Court in 2014 of accepting Rp 20 billion among other gratuities in relation to the construct...