Former Indonesian minister may face 11 years in jail for graft case

JAKARTA (XINHUA) – The prosecutors of the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission yesterday demanded an 11-year prison sentence for the country’s former Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara for alleged involvement in the bribery of COVID-19 social aid.

During a hearing at the Central Jakarta Corruption Court, the prosecutors also demanded that Batubara, a politician from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), pay a fine of IDR500 million (about USD34,500) and his political right to run for office be revoked for four years after serving his punishment.

He allegedly received IDR32.4 billion (about USD2.2 million) through his subordinates from a number of contractors supplying COVID-19 food aid packages to people in need.

Batubara resigned from his post shortly after his arrest, and was replaced by Tri Rismaharini, a former mayor of the country’s second largest city Surabaya.

Former Indonesia Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara. PHOTO: ANTARA