Monday, 16 September 2019 | 15:32 WIB

Corruption Court Sentences Karen Agustiawan to Eight Years in Prison

Corruption Court Sentences Karen Agustiawan to Eight Years in Prison (bbc)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Former Pertamina President Director Karen Agustiawan has been sentenced to eight years in prison by the Jakarta Corruption Court's panel of judges.

Related to that, the Chief of the Legal Information Center (Kapuspenkum) of the Attorney General's Office (Kejagung), Mukri said the prosecutor's team stated the appeal against the verdict of Karen Agustiawan. The appeal was made because the judge's decision was lower than the prosecutor's demands, namely a sentence of 15 years in prison.

"On Wednesday (6/12/2019), the public prosecutor stated his appeal against the verdict," Mukri said, in South Jakarta, Wednesday (05/12/2019)

Mukri further explained that the appeal was filed because the sentence dictated by the Corruption Court judges was less than two-thirds of the prosecutor's demands.

"Likewise the offense qualifications. Based on the facts at the trial, according to the JPU, the proven qualifications were Article 2 of Law 31 of 1999 junctoUU 20 of 2001. However, the panel of judges proved Article 3," Mukri said.

In addition, the panel of judges also did not decide on the substitute money sentence against Karen, which had also been prosecuted by the prosecutor.

"And we have stated our appeal today and we have signed an appeal statement deed," he stressed.

Karen Agustiawan was found guilty of corruption in the investment block of Basker Manta Gummy (BMG) in Australia and was sentenced to 8 years in prison and a fine of IDR 1 billion subsidiary 4 months in prison.

The judge believes Karen has misused the office to invest. Karen's actions enriched Roc Oil Company Limited (ROC) Australia. For this action, the state also suffered a loss of IDR 568 billion.

Karen stated that the judge had not been proven to enjoy money related to criminal acts of corruption in Pertamina's investments.

"In the trial, there was no evidence that the defendant received the money. There was no reason for the defendant to be sentenced to an additional form of paying substitute money in the case at hand," judge M Idris read out the verdict in a trial at the Corruption Court in Jakarta on Monday (10 / 6/2019).

Previously, a team of public prosecutors (Prosecutors) sued Karen with a sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of IDR 1 billion for 6 months in prison. As well as paying a replacement money of IDR 284,033,000,000, a subsidiary of 5 years in prison.