Supreme Court Doubles Anas' Jail Time and Strips His Political Rights


JUNE 09, 2015

Jakarta. The Supreme Court has ruled that former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum, who was convicted of corruption and money laundering in connection to several government projects, be subjected to a longer prison sentence and stripped of his political rights.

The court on Monday doubled Anas' seven-year prison sentence to 14 years and revoked the politician's rights to run for office once he completes his term.

Anas' had tried to appeal his seven-year sentence, but Supreme Court Justices Artidjo Alkostar, Krisna Harahap and MS Lumme rejected the motion.

Handika Honggowongso, who represents Anas, told the Jakarta Globe that his client would immediately submit another appeal to challenge the latest verdict. He did not provide further details on when another appeal may be lodged, however.

"It's a ridiculous sentence, for sure, and very harsh. Clearly, the judges did not try to seek justice but instead exhibited a vengeful predisposition just to punish someone," Handika said on Monday.

Last September, the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court handed Anas an eight-year prison sentence for having taken expensive cars, services and money as kickbacks for approving government programs, including the Hambalang sports complex in Bogor, West Java. He was also found guilty of money laundering.

Prosecutors from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) initially sought a 15-year sentence on grounds of corruption and money laundering.

The Jakarta High Court in February reduced Anas' sentence by a year, based on considerations from the court's panel of judges.