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Former chief judge of top Indonesia court jailed for life

Akil Mochtar (Image courtesy of Tuntutan via YouTube)Indonesia’s anti-corruption court sentenced Akil Mochtar, the former head of the Constitutional Court, to life in prison for bribery and money laundering on Monday.

He was found guilty of accepting $3.4 million in bribes to tamper with the results of at least 10 local elections while he served as head judge, and with laundering more than $15.2 million from 2002 until his arrest in October 2013, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) reported, crediting ABC News

Mochtar became chief judge of Indonesia’s highest court in April 2013.

He was arrested at his home last October as he was about to receive $250,000 from a businessman and a lawmaker.

This is the harshest sentence ever given an official for corruption in Indonesia, Deutsche Welle reported. Mochtar said he would appeal the verdict.

The court also found him guilty of laundering more than $15.2 million from 2002, when he was a legislator with the Golkar party, until his arrest in October 2013.

He was elected as a judge in 2008 and became the chief judge in April last year.


Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of FCPA Blog and can be reached here.

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