When Gunung Mas district head Hambit Bintih's election victory was contested before the Constitutional Court there seemed to be few options, either pay former chief justice Akil Mochtar Rp 3 billion ($264,000) in bribes or lose the case, he told the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court.
Allegations of a wider election rigging scandal involving Tubagus Chaeri Wardana broke in court on Thursday as prosecutor's read charges than could carry up to 15 years in prison for the brother of detained Baten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah.
Prosecutors have demanded seven-and-a-half years in prison for Golkar Party lawmaker Chairun Nisa for allegedly acting as a broker in the bribery case implicating former Constitutional Court chief Akil Mochtar.
Constitutional Court justices Maria Farida Indrati and Anwar Usman were questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission on Feb. 25 in connection with the election-dispute bribery cases for which former court chief justice Akil Mochtar has been charged, BeritaSatu World reports.
Former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar, indicted on Thursday on corruption and money-laundering charges, has accused his predecessor, Mahfud M.D., of involvement in at least one of the crooked verdicts attributed to himself.
The Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s October 2013 regulation in lieu of a law, or Perppu, which was directed toward the court itself — flying in the face of the President's measures to reign the court in after public confidence in the body was shaken by the jarring detention of former Chief Justice Akil Mochtar on graft charges.
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has said it will not seek a prison term for corruption suspect Akil Mochtar after his DNA was found on a joint discovered in a raid on the former Constitutional Court chief justice's office last year.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Palembang Mayor Romi Hertonon on Tuesday in connection to an investigation into alleged corruption involving former Constitutional Court Chief Justice Akil Mochtar.
Former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar, a man accused of accepting bribes to fix the results of election disputes, has come out against a ruling in a contentious election in East Java rife with allegations of vote buying and extortion.