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In Indonesia, Bandung mayor jailed 10 years for bribing judges

Dada Rosada, former mayor of BandungFormer Bandung mayor Dada Rosada was sentenced Monday to ten years in prison for bribing judges to acquit city officials on trial for stealing millions in social aid funds.

Judge Nurhakim of the independent anti-corruption court also imposed a fine of Rp 600 million ($51,600) or an additional three months in jail.

Prosecutors from Indonesia’s independent Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had asked for a fifteen-year sentence.

“Dada was found guilt of paying off district court judges to rig the trials of seven city officials found guilty of embezzling approximately $7 million in social-aid funds intended to help the city’s poorest residents,” the Jakarta Globe said.

Dada also bribed West Java High Court judge Hakim Pasti Serefina, according to Monday’s verdict.

Former Bandung city secretary Edi Siswadi was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined Rp 500 million ($43,800) by a panel of judges at the West Java Corruption Court Thursday. He was found guilty of colluding with Dada.

Bandung in Central Java is Indonesia’s second biggest urban area with 2.4 million people.

Former district court judge Setyabudi Tejocahyono was found guilty of accepting bribes in the case and sentenced to 12 years.

The KPK said “it caught Setyabudi red-handed taking bribe money from businessman Toto Hutagalung, a close friend of Dada’s, in March of 2013,” the Jakarta Globe said.

KPK prosecutors have a 100% conviction in public graft cases.

Last year, the 700-member KPK won the Ramon Magsaysay Award (known as Asia’s Nobel Prize) for its successful battle against graft.

On Monday, “around 550 police officers, including 30 riot officers equipped with water cannons and tear gas, were deployed to secure the courthouse [against anti-graft protesters],” the Jakarta Globe said.


Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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