Lawmaker Gets Five Years for False Testimony in Graft Trial

Hanura lawmaker Miryam Haryani was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday (13/11). (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

By : Alin Almanar | on 10:40 PM November 13, 2017
Category : News, Featured, Corruption

Jakarta. Lawmaker Miryam Haryani was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday (13/11) for giving false testimony in the high-profile graft case related to the procurement of national electronic identity cards known as e-KTP.

The court also ordered a fine of Rp 200 million ($14,744) for Miryam, who claimed she testified under duress from antigraft investigators when she was questioned as a witness in the case.

"The defendant's statements that she was pressured and threatened were not true," judge Anwar said at the Jakarta Corruption Court before delivering the verdict.

"They contradicted the facts, testimony from other witnesses, and other evidence."

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators brought into a trial hearing in March countered claims by Miryam, who attended several KPK questioning sessions in December and January.

In another hearing in April, Miryam revoked all her testimony from the KPK investigation report she had signed.

"I object to the verdict," the lawmaker of the People's Conscience Party (Hanura) said after Monday's hearing, adding that she was considering to appeal.

The sentence was lighter than the prison term of eight years and a Rp 300 million fine demanded by KPK prosecutors.


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