Thursday, February 11, 2010

Corruption Fighter Sentenced to 18 years in Jail

This afternoon, the District Court of South Jakarta has decided that the former Chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Antasari Azhar is guilty of  premeditated murder of a state owned company director Nazruddin and sentenced him to 18 years in prison. Please find below a report in Kompas

Considering that many key witnesses have testified against the Prosecution in court, Antasari is planning to appeal against said court verdict, the further development of this case would be interesting.  

Antasari Proposes A Plea for 18 Year Imprisonment
Kamis, 11 Februari 2010 | 16:17 WIB

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - The panel of judges has finally given its verdict for the former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief, Antasari Azhar, accused for the murder of the director of PT Putra Rajawali Banjaran, Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, at the South Jakarta State Court, Jakarta, Thursday. The accused is sentenced for 18 years of imprisonment.
"The panel of judges sentence the accused for 18 years of imprisonment," stated presiding judge Herri Swantoro, Thursday afternoon. The sacked chief of Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission was sentenced after a trial dismissed as a sham by his supporters.

“The defendant has been found guilty of involvement in a premeditated murder,” chief judge Herri Swantoro told the South Jakarta District Court at the end of the four-month trial.  After the chief judge read the verdict, Antasari proposed a plea for it.
Earlier today the other three accused for masterminding the premeditated murder of Nasrudin have all received their verdicts. The standing so far is: 12 years for Wiliardi Wizar, 15 years for Sigid H. Wibisono, five years for Jerry Hermawan Lo, and finally 18 years for Antasari Azhar.

Antasari's litigation has taken up four months. Antasari's side has stated even before the verdict came out that they'd settle for nothing less than a total victory. "I respect the trial... but as a citizen who obeys the law, we still want to seek the truth, thus we will appeal," stated Antasari himself at the end of the trial. (C17-09)

6 comments:

colson said...

Justice has been done. Or not. But definitely KPK has been punched in the face by the scandal.That is a crying shame. And - in combination with other attacks on the commission- a threat to the state of law in Indonesia.

H. Nizam said...

Colson,

There has been contradictory opinions on this case. Better wait and see.
But I agree that what happened to KPK's leaders is a threat to legal condition here.

umihoney said...

You are right Nizam.We have to wait for the process of the law to take place. We see here how the fight to eradicate corruption is fraught with danger.

H. Nizam said...

Umihoney,

Yes, eradicating corruption should be done tactfully, otherwise your will get hurt.

Rob Baiton said...

Tommy Soeharto, anyone?

H. Nizam said...

Rob,

Antasari's faith is so tragically different from Tommy.
Thank you for reminding about it.