Ex-Indonesian minister jailed for 12 years in COVID-19 graft scandal


Former Indonesian social affairs minister Juliari Batubara has been sentenced to 12 years in jail over a multi-million greenback COVID-19 graft scandal, the Jakarta Corruption Court dominated on Monday.

A choose stated the previous politician was discovered “convincingly guilty of corruption” after receiving 32.four billion rupiah ($2.25 million) in kickbacks in relation to the procurement of products meant for COVID-19 social help packages.

The politician, who the court docket discovered had intervened within the tender course of, was additionally fined 500 million rupiah, and ordered to pay again 14.5 billion rupiah in embezzled funds used for private bills.

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In the streamed ruling, the judges stated Juliari would even be banned from public workplace for 4 years after serving his jail time period.

Juliari had denied incorrect doing. His lawyer Maqdir Ismail on Monday described the sentence, which was one yr longer than investigators had demanded, as too harsh and stated they had been contemplating whether or not to attraction.

Indonesia’s anti-graft fee (KPK) named Juliari as a suspect within the case final December together with 4 others.

At the time, anti-corruption investigators found greater than $1 million in money stuffed into suitcases and different containers, a day earlier than the previous minister turned himself in.

President Joko Widodo was elected in 2014 on a pledge to struggle graft and a few outstanding politicians have been jailed for corruption throughout his administration, however there are issues the anti-graft company’s clout has weakened.

According to the worldwide watchdog Transparency International (TI), worsening graft noticed Indonesia drop three factors on its corruption notion index final yr to rank 102 out of 180 international locations.

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