The Jakarta Anticorruption Court sentenced a businessman on Monday (28/08) to seven years in prison for bribing former Constitutional Court judge Patrialis Akbar to bring the court to approve a judicial review on the Husbandry and Animal Health Law of 2014.
Basuki Hariman, the president director of local meat importer, Sumber Laut Perkasa, was also ordered to pay a fine of Rp 400 million ($30,000) or serve another four months in prison.
“The defendant is legally and convincingly proven to have bribed former Constitutional Court judge Patrialis Akbar,” presiding judge Nawawi Pamolango said as he read out the verdict.
The sentence, however, is lighter than the 11 years’ imprisonment and Rp 1 billion fine sought by prosecutors with the nation’s antigraft agency, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
Basuki, alongside assistant Ng Fenny, was proved to have given Patrialis $50,000 and Rp 4 million, and promised him Rp 2 billion more.
Monday’s court session also saw Fenny sentenced to five months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of Rp 200 million, or serve another two months in prison.
The bribes were related to a judicial review filed late last year of the 2014 law on animal farming and health, which Basuki said would affect his business.
The KPK named Patrialis, Basuki and Fenny graft suspects following sting operations in parts of Jakarta in late January.
KPK prosecutors earlier this month demanded a prison sentence of 12 and a half years and a Rp 500 million fine for Patrialis, who was immediately dismissed as a Constitutional Court judge after being named a suspect in the case.