18 Apr 2011

Ex-Minister Jailed in Indonesia for Corruption

A former Indonesian Minister, Bachtiar Chamsya, was sentenced to 20 months in jail and fined Rp 50 million (S$7,600) for corruption today.

The former Social Affairs Minister was convicted of illegally appointing suppliers of imported cattle, sewing machines, and sarongs intended for the victims of natural disasters, bypassing the tender process, according to the court in Jakarta.

The 20-month sentence was less than the 3-year sentence asked for by the prosecution. According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, Indonesia is ranked as a 2.8 out of 10, 110th out of 178 countries.

For the original article from Straitstimes.com, please click here.

The photo of Mr. Chamsya is from solopos.com