JAKARTA: Indonesia’s former social affairs minister was jailed for 12 years on Monday (Aug 23) for taking as much as US$1.2 million in bribes linked to meals assist for poor households hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Jakarta courtroom handed out the sentence to Juliari Batubara following his December arrest. A sting operation had turned up greater than US$1 million in money stuffed into suitcases, backpacks and envelopes.
“The courtroom sentences the defendant to 12 years in jail and orders him to pay 500 million rupiah (US$35,000) in fines or serve six extra months in jail,” presiding choose Muhammad Damis advised the listening to, which was held nearly for virus security causes.
The previous politician was additionally ordered to pay the equal of about US$1 million in restitution, or face an extra two years in jail, the courtroom stated.
Juliari, who has denied wrongdoing, will even be banned from public workplace for 4 years after serving his jail time period.
His lawyer Maqdir Ismail described the sentence, which was one 12 months longer than investigators had demanded, as too harsh and stated they have been contemplating whether or not to attraction.
Batubara would take money from two contractors employed to produce primary meals packages for Indonesians hit arduous by the well being disaster, the courtroom heard earlier.