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Former Indonesian minister jailed in telecoms graft case

JAKARTA (AFP) – A former Indonesian communications minister was jailed for 15 years yesterday after being found guilty of corruption in a case that cost the country over USD500 million in losses.

Indonesia’s anti-corruption court found former communication and information technology minister Johnny Gerard Plate guilty of using his position to enrich himself from a telecommunications project.

“The defendant has been found legally and convincingly guilty of committing corruption along with other people and (the court) is sentencing the defendant to 15 years in prison,” presiding judge Fahzal Hendri told the court.

The court also ordered the 67-year-old to pay a fine of IDR1 billion (USD63,750) or serve six additional months in prison. He was also ordered to pay IDR15.5 billion in restitution or have his assets seized by the court.