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Indonesia police general gets 18 months for bribery JAKARTA - An Indonesian police general received an 18-month jail term on Tuesday for taking a bribe in connection with a multi-million dollar graft case at state-run PT Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk (BNI), the country's third largest bank. Commissioner-General Suyitno Landung, Indonesia's former chief detective, received a bribe of a car from the main perpetrator of the 2003 fraud case at BNI involving $130 million worth of export credits, the South Jakarta court said.

'That gift was handed to Landung in relation to the defendant's position when he investigated the BNI case. It has hurt the government's image,' said presiding judge Soedarmadji. He added Landung received the Japanese sports vehicle from Adrian Waworuntu, a financial consultant. Waworuntu received a life sentence last year after the same court found him guilty of orchestrating the plot to get loans from a BNI branch in South Jakarta for fictitious businesses.

Landung, known for leading the investigation over the 2004 blast near the Australian embassy in Jakarta and once tipped as a candidate to lead the Indonesian police force, is the highest ranking policeman to be convicted for graft. Last month, the South Jakarta court jailed another senior police investigator for 20 months for receiving illegal gratuities in the same case.

The court at that time said the scam had robbed the government, which owns nearly 100 percent of the bank. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has repeatedly pledged to wage war against graft in a country independent groups rate as one of the world's most corrupt. Foreign investors cite graft as one of the key impediments to doing business in Indonesia.


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