Former Logistics Agency Head Jailed for Corruption

JAKARTA ~ A court sentenced the former head of the National Logistics Agency (Bulog) to 10 years jail for graft on Monday and ordered him to pay million of dollars in fines and restitution.

Wijarnoko Puspoyo, 58, immediately said he would appeal the verdict, which saw him fined US$53,475 and ordered to restitute some $8.5 million to the state.

The 10-year sentence handed down by the South Jakarta District Court was four years less than requested by prosecutors.

“I am disappointed with the verdict and I will appeal,” Puspoyo told the court after the verdict was read.

The head of the panel of judges, Artha Theresia, said Puspoyo was guilty of corruption linked to government rice export programs between 2001 and 2003, causing losses to the state of around Rp88 billion ($9.74 million).

Puspoyo and his younger brother, Wijokongko Puspoyo, were also convicted of receiving about $1.6 million in bribes from a company involved in importing rice from Vietnam in 2003 and 2004.

Earlier this year, Wijokongko received a four-year jail sentence for aiding in an act of corruption.

Bulog has the authority to import commodities and other goods needed by the government to stabilize supplies and prices at home.

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