Former Indonesian speaker jailed for 15 years on corruption charges

Former Indonesian speaker jailed for 15 years on corruption charges

Former Indonesian speaker jailed for 15 years on corruption charges

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

24 Apr, 2018 | 9:24 pm

Reuters – An Indonesian court on Tuesday jailed a former speaker of parliament for 15 years for his role in causing state losses of around $170 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme. Novanto would be barred from holding public office for five years after serving his sentence and have to repay $7.3 million.

In a session that ran for more than three hours, judges read out dozens of case notes, including descriptions of where the former speaker held meetings to divvy up cash made from a mark-up on a contract for the identity card. Novanto showed little emotion as the judge read the verdict.

After a quick consultation with his legal team, he told the court he would take time to consider whether to appeal against the sentence. Novanto was accused of orchestrating a scheme to steal $173 million, or almost 40 percent of the entire budget for a government contract for the national identity card.

Prosecutors, who had questioned 80 witnesses in the case, had sought a jail term of at least 16 years.


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