Setya Novanto Surprised by 16-year Indictment

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1 January 1970 07:00 WIB

Former speaker of Indonesia's parliament Setya Novanto, center, sits on the defendant's chair during his hearing at the Corruption Cases Court in Jakarta, March 29, 2018. The top Indonesian politician was accused of involvement in a conspiracy of dozens of officials who used the introduction of an electronic ID system to steal more than $170 million of public money. AP

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - E-KTP graft defendant Setya Novanto did not hide the fact that he was surprised when the public prosecutor charged him with a 16-year imprisonment in yesterday`s trial.

“Quite frankly, as a person, I was really surprised [by the charge]. I'm honestly caught off guard by the severe indictment,” said Setya Novanto after the trial at the Jakarta corruption court on Thursday, March 29.

Read: KPK Demands 16 Years in Prison for Setya Novanto

However, he said that he trusts his future to the ongoing legal process. Setya was visibly calm and composed since the beginning of the court session. He calmly sat in the defendant’s chair while making slight movements throughout the e-KTP trial.

Setya Novanto is charged with a 16-year prison sentence and fined with Rp1 billion or a six-month subsidiary jail sentence.

Particularly, in this case, prosecutors considered Setya was guilty of receiving US$7.3 million and a Richard Mille wristwatch valued at US$135,000 from the electronic ID card (e-KTP) project.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutor also requested that Setya Novanto is stripped of his political rights for five years after he served his sentence.

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