Saturday, March 17, 2012

If you are an Indonesian mayor, you can refuse to serve your jail sentence

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said they were ready to forcibly drag graft convict and former Bekasi mayor Mochtar Muhammad to prison if he continued to avoid his sentence.

Mochtar was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted on several counts of corruption last week.

He was scheduled to serve his first of 2,191 days in prison on Thursday.

But Mochtar didn't show.

The former mayor's lawyer, Sirra Prayuna, said that Mochtar refused to go to prison because he was still waiting for a copy of the Supreme Court's verdict on his sentencing. The Supreme Court sentenced Mochtar to six years in prison and Rp 300 million ($32,700) in fines last week, overturning a prior acquittal from the Bandung Anti-Corruption Court.

“As of today he hasn’t received a copy,” Sirra said at the KPK office in Jakarta on Thursday, adding the anti-graft body could not make Mochtar serve his time without first sending him copy of the sentencing.