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Indonesia Jails Politician For Stealing $1 Million COVID-19 Fund



Indonesia Jails Politician For Stealing $1 Million COVID-19 Fund

On Monday, an Indonesian politician was sentenced to 12 years in jail for embezzling greater than $1 million of COVID-19 support funds when he was social affairs minister final yr.

Juliari Batubara was responsible of accepting 14.6 billion rupiah ($1.16 million) in kickbacks from corporations appointed to provide meals support packages to Indonesians affected by the pandemic, a Jakarta courtroom stated.

Mr Batubara, a former treasury official for the ruling Indonesian Democratic Occasion of Battle, was ordered to return the embezzled funds or serve an extra sentence of two years.

He could be barred from holding political workplace for 4 years after finishing his sentence.

The prosecutors defined that the ministry requested for a charge of 10,000 rupiah (lower than $1) for each meals pack in a COVID-19 support programme value 5.9 trillion rupiah.

Mr Batubara was the fourth member of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s cupboard jailed for corruption.

Final month, politician Edhy Prabowo was sentenced to 5 years for accepting 4.3 billion rupiah in return for awarding corporations permits to export child lobsters when he was fisheries minister final yr.

The Corruption Eradication Fee stated Mr Prabowo used bribe cash to purchase luxurious objects, together with Rolex watches and Tumi and Louis Vuitton luggage – in Hawaii whereas on a enterprise journey.