Ex-Democratic Party Treasurer Sentenced to Six Years in Jail in West Sumatra Bribery Case

Kelok 9 overpass in Payakumbuh, West Sumatra. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

By : Erwin C Sihombing | on 1:02 PM March 09, 2017
Category : News, Corruption

Jakarta. I Putu Sudiartana, a former deputy treasurer of the Democratic Party, has been sentenced to six years in jail for his involvement in a bribery case related to a road construction project in West Sumatra.

The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court found him guilty on Wednesday (08/03) of receiving Rp 500 million ($38,000) in kickbacks from West Sumatra Infrastructure Office head Suprapto.

Suprapto bribed Putu to get plans for 12 road construction projects in West Sumatra – worth Rp 300 billion – included in the 2016 revised state budget.

The court also ordered Putu to pay Rp 200 million in fines or serve an additional sentence of three months in prison.

The court also revoked Putu's political rights to elect and be elected for five years, presiding judge Hariono said during Wednesday's hearing.

Putu was serving as a lawmaker at the House of Representatives' Commission III, which oversees legal affairs — not infrastructure projects, when Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators nabbed him in a sting operation in June last year.

The KPK seized S$40,000 ($29,600) in cash from Putu's home.

KPK investigators have also arrested and named as suspects in the case Putu's secretary Noviyanti, a man named Suprapto, his confidant Suhaemi and businessman Yogan Askan.

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