Court Jails Lawmakers for Corruption

JAKARTA ~ The anti-corruption court handed jail sentences on Wednesday to sitting and former lawmakers convicted of corruption.

Lawmaker Antony Zeidra Abidin and Hamka Yandhu were found to have received part of US$9.3 million embezzled from the central bank in a case that has seen the jailing of the bank’s former chief and the arrest of a relative of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

“Hamka Yandhu and Antony Zeidra Abidin have been proved legally and convincingly to have been corrupt by receiving each Rp500 million ($46,500),” chief judge Masrurdin Chaniago told the court.

Abidin was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and fined Rp250 million ($23,250) and Yandhu was jailed for three years and fined Rp150 million.

The embezzled money was part of Rp100 billion taken from Bank Indonesia (BI) to bribe lawmakers considering a law governing the central bank’s operations and to pay for lawyers to defend bank officials accused of separate, earlier corruption charges.

Former BI Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah was sentenced to five years in jail in October for his role in the embezzlement.

Former central bank deputy chief Aulia Pohan, the father-in-law of president Yudhoyono’s son, was arrested in November.

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