Indonesia's former speaker gets 15 years in jail for corruption

2018-04-25 05:17
SA prison. (Jackie Clausen, Gallo Images, Sunday Times)

SA prison. (Jackie Clausen, Gallo Images, Sunday Times)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Indonesia's former parliament speaker was handed a 15-year prison term on Tuesday in a victory for an ongoing clamp-down on widespread corruption.

Setya Novanto, once among the country's most influential politicians, had been accused of taking millions in kickbacks and bribes linked to the national roll-out of government ID cards.

His months-long trial came after a string of manoeuvres – including allegedly faking an injury in a car crash – that critics say the 62-year-old used to dodge serious charges.

Prosecutors had demanded a 16-year sentence, some $7.4m in fines and the seizure of Novanto's considerable assets if he failed to pay the penalty.

Novanto, who had managed to sidestep corruption allegations in the past, was accused of playing a key role in embezzlement from the $440m ID card project, with some $170m disappearing from state coffers.

Several other politicians, government officials and businessmen have been charged in the scandal.

Corruption is rife

The scope of the claims shocked many Indonesians even by standards of one of the world's most corrupt countries, where payoffs and bribes are rife at all levels of society and endemic in many state agencies, including the police force.

Novanto, who dodged questioning by Indonesia's anti-corruption agency for months, was arrested in hospital in November after he claimed to have been injured in a car crash.

The reported accident came shortly after a failed raid on his palatial estate in a ritzy part of the capital.

The verdict comes several years after the former chief justice of Indonesia's constitutional court, Akil Mochtar, was jailed for life after being found guilty of accepting bribes to issue favourable verdicts in local election disputes.

It was the heaviest ever sentence for corruption in the graft-riddled Southeast Asian nation.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    indonesia

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.