Bandung – A panel of judges at the Bandung Corruption Court sentenced former West Bandung regent Abu Bakar to five years and six months in prison for corruption. He was found guilty of asking money from a number of West Bandung administration officials, including agency heads, to fund the political campaign of his wife, Elin Suharliah, who ran for the local election in June.
"The defendant has been found guilty of corruption, together [with other parties]," presiding judge I Dewa Gede Suardithan said on Monday. The judges also fined Abu Rp 200 million (US$13,729) and he has to pay Rp 485 million in restitution.
"I accept the country's sanction [imposed on me]. I hope this can be a lesson learned to have a better administration free of corruption and collusion in the future," he told the judges after the verdict was announced.The sentence is lighter than the prosecutors' demand of eight years, Rp 400 million in fines and Rp 600 million in restitution.
In a separate trial, the panel of judges also sentenced Abu's former subordinates former industry and trade agency head Weti Lembanawati to five years' imprisonment and Rp 200 million in fines, and development planning body head Adiyoto to four years and six months' imprisonment and Rp 200 million in fines in the same case. (swd)