Prosecutor Demands 12-Year Prison Sentence for Former Buol District Chief

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Prosecutors are seeking a 12-year prison term for the former head of Central Sulawesi’s Buol district, who received bribes in exchange for a plantation concession, from the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court.

Amran Batalipu, the former district chief, allegedly received Rp 3 billion ($312,000) in bribes from Siti Hartati Murdaya, the president director of Hardaya Inti Plantation, to issue a concession for 4,500 hectares of land in Buol.

Prosecutor Irene Putri asked the court to order Amran to pay Rp 3 billion in compensation for the money he had received, or add two extra years in jail if he failed to pay.

“Up until now, the defendant has not returned Rp 3 billion,” Irene said. “It is fair if the defendant gets an additional sanction that is equal to the corruption result that he had enjoyed.”

Irene said that Amran received the money in two installments. There was a sum of Rp 1 billion on June 18, 2012, and a second payment for Rp 2 billion on June 26, 2012.

Hartati, a close aide of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and her staff Yani Anshori and Gondo Sudjono, have also been named suspects in the case.

Amran said that he would read his defense in the next court hearing on Jan. 21, 2013.