Indonesian governor on trial for bribery

May 07, 2014
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia's first female provincial leader went on trial Tuesday (May 6th), accused of bribing one of the country's top judges over an election dispute, AFP reported.

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    Banten province Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah was arrested last year for allegedly bribing the Constitutional Court's Chief Justice Akil Mochtar, who was charged with rigging 11 elections.

    The 51-year-old is accused, along with her brother Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, of giving Rp. 1 billion ($87,000) to Akil to annul a local election result that went against one of her close associates.

    She faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty.

    The defendant asked the judge to annul the result during a 2013 meeting in Singapore, he said.

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