Indonesia: TNI general gets life for graft

Author(s): Haeril Halim | Date: December 1, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/LMikb9 | Type: Text

In a landmark ruling, the Jakarta Military Court has sentenced a one-star Indonesian Military (TNI) general to life for embezzling US$12 million through defense weaponry procurement between 2010 and 2014.
The verdict, which was read out in an open hearing on Wednesday, sent a positive signal that the TNI and the Defense Ministry were serious in cracking down on corruption, which allegedly plagues the nation’s weapon procurement deals.
The general identified as Brig. Gen. Teddy Hernayadi was found guilty of transferring the $12 million of state money to his bank accounts when he served as the Defense Ministry’s finance division head from 2010 to 2014.
The ministry’s inspector general Hadi Tjahjanto said the ministry appreciated the ruling because not only did it sentence Teddy to life in prison for his offences, but also demanded he return the $12 million to the state coffers.

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