Suherdjoko, Semarang – The Semarang Corruption Court has sentenced suspended Purbalingga regent Tasdi to seven years' imprisonment and Rp 300 million (US$21,451) in fines for accepting kickbacks and gratuities while serving his post. The sentence was lighter than the eight years sought by the prosecution.
Tasdi, a member of the Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), was proven guilty of accepting Rp 115 million in bribes and another Rp 1.19 billion in gratuities from different parties.
Presiding judge Antonius Widjantono said Tasdi had been proven guilty of corruption, alongside other defendants in the case.
The panel of judges also stripped Tasdi of his right to run for public office for three years upon completing his sentence. During the trial, Tasdi admitted to accepting kickbacks from a businessman in relation to the construction of the Purbalingga Islamic Center in Central Java.
Tasdi was caught red-handed by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on June 4 last year as he was reportedly set to accept a commitment fee of Rp 500 million from PT Sumber Bayak Kreasi (SBK), which had been awarded the contract to build the Islamic center.
The project was a multiyear development project worth Rp 77 billion. Tasdi and his team of lawyers said they were still considering whether an appeal would be filed. (swd)