Home > News > Regional
Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday July 19, 2014 MYT 7:13:33 AM
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s former sports minister was jailed for four years over a US$40mil (RM127mil) corruption case, the latest sentencing to have hit the popularity of the outgoing government.
Andi Mallarangeng, who had been considered an up-and-coming politician, accepted more than US$700,000 (RM2.2mil) in bribes to favour a particular bidder to construct a sports stadium on the main island of Java, according to prosecutors.
The stadium was supposed to be a first-class training centre for Indonesian athletes but its construction was never completed after it became bogged down in corruption, with the loss to the state estimated at around US$40mil, according to prosecutors.
At yesterday’s hearing in a special anti-corruption court in the capital of Jakarta, chief judge Haswandi said that Andi, who was sports and youth minister, had been proven guilty of corruption and abuse of power.
He received kickbacks through his brother, and was also found to have enriched other people and several companies in the corrupt scheme, said the judge.
“His deeds was against the government program in eradicating the corruption, collusion and nepotism,” the judge said.
As well as the four-year jail term, Andi was also ordered to pay a fine of 200 million rupiah (RM54,100) or serve an extra two months in jail.
However, the sentence was shorter than the 10 years demanded by prosecutors.
Andi said he would file an appeal.
Andi, 51, is the latest in a string of senior figures from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party to become embroiled in graft scandals in one of the world’s most corrupt countries.
The treasurer and chairman from Susilo’s party have both been linked to them, while the religion minister – who is from a different party – quit his post in May over corruption.
The flood of scandals contributed to a huge fall in support for the Democratic Party at legislative elections in April, when their support halved to around 10%. — AFP
Tags / Keywords:
BII earnings up despits challenges
Indonesia and Singapore to boost bilateral ties
Singapore, Indonesia step up cooperation against IS
Strong 7.0 earthquake strikes Papua
Buildings damaged, one missing in Indonesian earthquake
Japan releases master recording of emperor’s war-end speech
Canada PM set to call Oct 19 election, focus on sluggish economy
Hotbed of innovation
Photo Gallery: The week in pictures
Stop the hate in Haiti
Varsity set to open its doors
Sultans of shrink pack more chips into smart wearables
A look at the Indian Muslim community in inner city
Athletes shrug off pollution issues at Rio Olympic test
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)