Bandung. Former Bandung Secretary Edi Siswadi was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined Rp 500 million ($43,800) by the West Java Corruption Court Panel of Judges on Thursday for bribing a judge in order to influence the trial of subordinates implicated in a corruption case.
"The Rp 500 million fine is interchangeable with another three months in prison," said Nur Hakim, a judge who presided over the trial.
Edi was found guilty of corruption, along with former Bandung Mayor Dada Rosada, his subordinates Herry Nurhayat and Toto Hutagalung, and Bandung District Court judge Setiabudi Tedjocahyono. Setiabudi was allegedly being bribed for hundreds of millions of rupiah in exchange for favorable sentences for seven Bandung administration officials convicted of embezzling $7 million in social-aid funds.
At the time Edi was city secretary and Dada was mayor. The bribery continued when antigraft prosecutors filed an appeal to the West Java High Court.
On April 4, prosecutors demanded a prison term of 15 years for Dada. Setyabudi had already been sentenced to 12 years in prison in December.