Two panels of judges in the Denpasar District Court have handed down stiff separate sentences to two regional legislators sitting on the Semarang, Central Java House of Representatives (DPRD-Semarang).
Legislators, Bambang Sutrisno (45) who served as chairman of the PDIP faction was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of Rp. 2 billion (US$113,600). Meanwhile, a colleague, Eddy Purwanto (37), who is a member of Commission C at the DPRD-Semarang from the Democratic Party, was sentenced to four years prison and fined Rp. 800 million (US$90,900).
The two provincial legislators were arrested on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, in possession of crystal methamphetamine (sabu-sabu).
Sutrisno was found guilty of receiving 0.56 gross grams (0.20 net grams) of methamphetamine. Purwanto was found guilty in a separate trial of having in his possession illegal narcotics.
The sentences handed down were in both instances much more severe than that requested by prosecutors who had sought only 10 months prison for Sutrisno and 15 months for Purwanto.
The judge condemned the men, saying as lawmakers the two men had created a poor example to the public.
Purwanto immediately told the court that he would appeal his sentence while Sutrisno is taking an appeal of his sentence under advisement.
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