Indonesian court sentences former agriculture minister to 10 years for corruption


(MENAFN) On Thursday, an Indonesian court sentenced the country's former agriculture minister, Syahrul Yasin Limpo, to 10 years in prison for corruption. Limpo, a member of the Nasdem Party, was found guilty of accepting more than 44 billion Indonesian rupiah (approximately 2.7 million U.S. dollars) in bribes during his tenure from 2020 to 2023.

In addition to the prison term, the 69-year-old must pay a fine of 300 million Indonesian rupiahs (about 18,500 U.S. dollars). This fine serves as an alternative to an additional four months of imprisonment if he fails to pay, as reported by Rianto Adam Pontoh, the chairman of the panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court.

The corruption case involved Limpo and two of his former subordinates: Kasdi Subagyono, the ministry's former Secretary General, as well as Muhammad Hatta, the former Director of Agricultural Equipment and Machinery. Both Subagyono and Hatta were sentenced to four years in prison for their roles in the corruption scheme, which included collecting money from various departments within the ministry.

The verdict reflects Indonesia's efforts to combat corruption at the highest levels of government and underscores the legal consequences faced by officials found guilty of abusing their positions for personal gain.

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