Muhammad Sanusi Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison, Retains Political Rights

The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court sentenced Jakarta city councilor Muhammad Sanusi to 10 years in prison for a graft on Friday (30/12). (Antara Photo/M Agung Rajasa)

By : Imam Suhartadi | on 1:14 PM December 31, 2016
Category : News

Jakarta. The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court has sentenced Jakarta city councilor Muhammad Sanusi to 10 years in prison for a graft in the controversial North Jakarta reclamation project.

The court also imposed a Rp 250 million ($18,500) fine, or an additional two months' imprisonment. However, the court ruled out annulment of his political rights for the next five years, as demanded by prosecutors from the corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

"Sanusi was lawfully proven and convincingly found guilty to have committed corruption [...] and money laundering," Judge Sumpeno said on Thursday (29/12).

A panel of judges found Sanusi guilty of having accepted up to Rp 2 billion in bribes from Agung Podomoro Land president director Ariesman Widjaja to use his influence to bypass spatial planning regulations.

Prosecutors demanded a 10-year prison term and a fine of Rp 500 million, or an additional four months' imprisonment.

Sanusi said his legal team will decide on an appeal of the sentence within seven days.

Meanwhile, KPK spokeswoman Febri Diansyah expressed the antigraft agency's disappointment with the court's decision not to annul Sanusi's political rights. She said the KPK seeks such punishments as a deterrent and to prevent voters from picking the wrong representatives.

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