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Former Indonesian Minister Sentenced To 10 Years For Corruption

Former Indonesian Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption by Jakarta’s anti-graft court on Thursday. He was found guilty of using his position for personal gain through extortion, abuse of power, and bribery related to ministry contracts. The court also fined him 300 million rupiah ($18,500) with […]

Former Indonesian Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption by Jakarta’s anti-graft court on Thursday. He was found guilty of using his position for personal gain through extortion, abuse of power, and bribery related to ministry contracts. The court also fined him 300 million rupiah ($18,500) with a threat of additional imprisonment if unpaid. Limpo allegedly accepted bribes totaling 44.7 billion rupiah ($2.7 million) between January 2020 and October 2023, using the money for luxury items, political expenses, and donations to his political party, Nasdem.

During the trial, ministry officials testified that Limpo coerced them and vendors to meet his financial demands, risking job loss for non-compliance. Limpo denied the charges, attributing them to political persecution and blaming subordinates for distorting facts.

This case reflects Indonesia’s ongoing struggle with corruption despite efforts by President Joko Widodo’s administration to promote clean governance. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), pivotal in anti-corruption efforts, faces challenges from lawmakers aiming to limit its powers.

Limpo’s conviction is part of a broader pattern within Widodo’s government, highlighting governance issues as Indonesia confronts endemic corruption ahead of upcoming elections.

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