Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors plan to appeal a sentence handed down to graft convict and former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad "Romy" Romahurmuziy, deeming the punishment too light in comparison to the severity of his crimes.
A three-panel judge at the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced Romy to two years' imprisonment last week after finding him guilty of accepting bribes in relation to promotions within the Religious Affairs Ministry.
The sentence was only half of the four years initially demanded by prosecutors. The judges also decided not to strip Romy of his political rights.
"KPK prosecutors will appeal the sentence because [it] has yet to fulfill the public's sense of justice. A fine was not considered [for Romy] and the judges did not deny [Romy's] political rights," Ali said in a statement on Monday.
Ali said the prosecutors were preparing appeal dossiers to be submitted to the Jakarta High Court through the Jakarta Corruption Court.
KPK investigators arrested Romy in March last year for allegedly accepting Rp 416.4 million (US$30,617) in bribes from two Religious Affairs Ministry officials in return for his support for their promotions.
The two officials, Haris Hasanuddin and Muafaq Wirahadi, had been both found guilty of bribery and sentenced to two years and 1.5 years in prison, respectively.
In his defense statement, Romy denied any wrongdoing and claimed that he had accepted Rp 250 million from Haris out of politeness and returned the money afterward. He denied accepting any money from Muafaq. (ami)