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Indonesia’s former deputy speaker jailed four years for bribery

The prosecutors demanded that the former lawmaker pay $17,400 in fine and that his political right to run for office be revoked for five years.

• January 24, 2022
Azis Syamsuddin

Indonesia’s former deputy speaker, Azis Syamsuddin, was on Monday sentenced to four years and two months in prison over his involvement in a bribery case.

At the Central Jakarta Corruption Court, the prosecutors, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) also demanded that Mr Syamsuddin pay a fine of 250 million Indonesian rupiahs (about $17,400).

The prosecutors also demanded that his political right to run for office be revoked for five years after serving his punishment.

As a senior Golkar Party politician, Mr Syamsuddin was suspected of allegedly paying 3.1 billion rupiahs (about $216,180) and $36,000 in bribes to former KPK investigator, Stepanus Robin Pattuju, and lawyer Maskur Husain in 2020.

He allegedly made the move in a bid to prevent his name and another cadre of the Golkar Party from showing up in a KPK investigation into a graft case in Central Lampung district, Lampung province.

Mr Syamsuddin, who was arrested at his residence in South Jakarta by the anti-graft body’s investigators in September 2021, resigned from his post shortly after his arrest. 

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