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Indonesia ex-top judge faces life sentence over graft

Published on Jun 16, 2014 8:00 PM
 
This file picture taken on Aug 13, 2013, shows Indonesia's former chief of the constitutional court, Akil Mochtar, attending his inauguration at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Indonesian prosecutors sought a life sentence Monday for a former top judge accused of accepting bribes in more than a dozen cases involving regional election disputes, and of money-laundering. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian prosecutors sought a life sentence Monday for a former top judge accused of accepting bribes in more than a dozen cases involving regional election disputes, and of money-laundering.

Former constitutional court chief judge Akil Mochtar was arrested last year by officials of the powerful anti-graft body while a businessman and lawmaker were about to hand him around three billion rupiah (S$317,866), prosecutors said.

"The defendant has been legally and convincingly proven guilty of accepting presents (bribes)... to intervene in constitutional court rulings," prosecutor Pulung Rinandoro told an anti-corruption court in Jakarta.

He called for a life sentence, a fine of 10 billion rupiah and the revocation of Mochtar's political rights.

 
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