Patrialis Akbar Gets 8 Years in Prison for Taking Bribe

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  • Patrialis Akbar, during undergo trial in Corruption Court, Jakarta, Aug. 14, 2017. TEMPO/Eko Siswono Toyudho

    Patrialis Akbar, during undergo trial in Corruption Court, Jakarta, Aug. 14, 2017. TEMPO/Eko Siswono Toyudho

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Former Constitutional Court (MK) justice Patrialis Akbar was given a sentence of eight years in prison for accepting bribes by the Corruption Court on Monday. 

    The sentence was lighter than the punishment demanded by the case prosecutors, which had asked for a 12.5 year sentence with a Rp500 million fine.

    The judges ruled that Patrialis was proven guilty of accepting bribes from a beef importer in connection with a judicial review on Law No.41/2014 on Animal Husbandry and Livestock Health Law.

    The Judges also required him to pay $10,000 and Rp4 million that he had gained from his crimes. If he fails to pay that amount in one month will be seized by prosecutors and auctioned off to cover state losses, judge Nawawi Pamulango said.

    Met after the hearing, Patrialis didn’t say much to the press.

    "This is the judge's authority. I leave everything to God Almighty to judge what is true and what is not true," he said in Jakarta, Monday.  

    He asked for one week to consider a legal appeal against the judge's verdict. 

    "After consulting, I will think about it for a week," he said. The same thing was also done by the KPK prosecutor.

    ARKHELAUS W.