Former Constitutional Court judge Patrialis Akbar waits for the verdict on his bribery case at the Jakarta Anticorruption Court on Monday (04/09). (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

Former Constitutional Court Judge Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison


SEPTEMBER 04, 2017

Jakarta. Former Constitutional Court judge Patrialis Akbar has been sentenced by the Jakarta Anticorruption Court to eight years behind bars and ordered to pay a fine of Rp 300 million ($22,500) or serve another three months in prison.

"It has been proven beyond doubt that Patrialis and his associates are guilty of corruption," presiding judge Nawawi Pamolango read out the verdict on Monday (04/09), as quoted by state news agency Antara.

The court also ordered Patrialis to pay back $10,000 and Rp 4 million that he had received in bribes, or serve another six months in prison.

The verdict was lighter than the sentence demanded by the prosecutors, who asked for a 12.5-year prison sentence for Patrialis and a Rp 500 million fine or another six months in prison.

Last Monday, the same court sentenced businessman Basuki Hariman and his assistant Ng Fenny for bribing Patrialis.

The bribes were related to a judicial review of a law on animal husbandry, which Basuki claimed was hurting his business.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) charged Patrialis, Basuki and Fenny with graft, after they were arrested in a series of sting operations in Jakarta in late January.