Indonesian official gets 5-year jail term for embezzlement in bird flu case
JAKARTA (AP) - Indonesia's anti-graft court sentenced a former senior Health Ministry official to five years in jail for involvement in an embezzlement scandal involving the procurement of equipment to battle bird flu.
Ratna Dewi Umar, the ministry's former director of medical services, was found guilty on Monday of marking up the cost of equipment purchased in 2007 for an outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus, resulting in a loss to the government of US$1.2 million (S$1.54 million).
The Corruption Court also ordered her to pay a fine of US$45,000 or face an additional three months in prison.
The equipment was used in a crisis response centre set up by the ministry to deal with bird flu.