The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court on June 30 gave a life sentence to
former chief of the Constitutional Court Akil Mochtar for graft related
to local elections.
The court found Akil guilty of accepting
bribes totalling about 5 million USD in relation to local election
disputes and money laundering.
Evidence and testimony during
the trial revealed how the money Akil had received influenced the
results of local election disputes brought to the court headed by him.
Akil filed an appeal immediately after the verdict was read out.
Arrested by investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission
last October, Akil was a lawmaker for the country’s Golkar Party when he
was elected as a Constitutional Court justice in 2008.
He assumed the court’s top job in April last year, only six months before he was arrested.-VNA