Jakarta – The Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi to seven years in prison on Monday for his involvement in a bribery case pertaining to a grant to the Indonesian Sports Council (KONI).
Imam was also ordered to pay a fine of Rp 400 million (US$28,074), which would be substituted for another three months of imprisonment if he failed to pay.
"Defendant Imam Nahrawi has been found guilty of corruption, together and continuously [with other parties]," presiding judge Rosmina said on Monday.
The court also ordered Imam to pay Rp 18.1 billion in restitution within a month after the verdict became legally binding. If he failed to pay, the court would auction his assets to cover the restitution.
Imam's right to run for public office has been suspended for four years after he finishes serving his prison sentence.
The sentence is lighter than the prosecutors' demand of 10 years, a Rp 500 million fine and Rp 19.1 billion in restitution.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had accused Imam of accepting bribes during his term as sports minister from 2014 to 2019 to ensure his approval of a grant proposed by KONI to supervise several athletic events in 2018, including the 2018 Asian Games and the Asian Para Games.
He was accused of accepting Rp 11.5 billion in bribes and an additional Rp 8.64 billion in gratuities from a number of ministry and KONI officials.
The bribe was reportedly given through Imam's personal assistant, Miftahul Ulum, who was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison on June 15.
In response to his sentence, Imam said he would consider whether to file an appeal. He continued to deny any involvement in the case.
"In the name of God and the Prophet [Muhammad], I did not receive the Rp 11.5 billion," Imam told the bench as quoted by kompas.com.
In addition to Imam and Miftahul, the KPK named five other suspects in the case: former KONI secretary-general Ending Fuad Hamidy, KONI treasurer Johnny E. Awuy and ministry officials Mulyana, Adhi Purnomo and Eko Triyanto. They have all been convicted. (afr)