Court cuts former PPP chief Romahurmuziy’s prison sentence to one year

first_imgThe high court also echoed the corruption court’s verdict of not requiring Romy to pay a restitution fee of Rp 46.4 million and not denying him political rights after serving his sentence.Read also: KPK action puts Religious Affairs Ministry back in spotlight for graftThe Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Romy in March 2019 for allegedly accepting Rp 416.4 million in bribes from two Religious Affairs Ministry officials in return for his support for their promotions.The two officials, Haris Hasanuddin and Muafaq Wirahadi, were both found guilty of bribery and sentenced to two years and 1.5 years in prison, respectively. The Jakarta High Court has ruled in favor of an appeal filed by former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy, who was found guilty of accepting bribes, reducing his prison sentence to one year.“[The court] sentences the defendant to one year in prison and a fine of Rp 100 million which, if not paid, will be replaced with three months’ imprisonment,” the appellate court verdict read as quoted by Antara news agency on Friday.The Jakarta Corruption Court initially found Romy guilty on Jan. 20 of receiving a bribe of Rp 346.4 million (US$22,220) from Religious Affairs Ministry officials in exchange for promotions within the ministry. The bench sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rp 100 million – only half of the four years demanded by prosecutors. Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Ali Fikri said the antigraft body’s prosecutors would study the high court judges’ consideration upon the ruling and propose its next move to the commission’s leaders.“It is indeed lighter than the prosecutors’ demands. However, we must respect the judges’ decision,” said Ali.Read also: KPK arrested me due to my popularity on social media: RomahurmuziyIndonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) slammed the Jakarta High Court’s ruling, saying the court should give the former party chairman a heavier sentence.The watchdog compared Romy’s verdict to rulings against other party chairmen convicted for corruption, such as Luthfi Hasan Ishaq of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), who was sentenced to 18 years in prison, Anas Urbaningrum of the Democratic Party (14 years), Romy’s successor Suryadharma Ali (10 years) and Setya Novanto of the Golkar Party (15 years).“Such a light sentence, however, is not a new occurrence as we recorded that the average prison sentence given to graft defendants last year was only two years and seven months. If it continues like this, Indonesia’s ambition to be free from corruption will never be achieved,” Kurnia Ramadhana of ICW said.He urged the KPK to file an appeal petition to the Supreme Court.Topics :last_img read more

It’s too soon to crown Barkley

first_imgAs a USC fan, it was alarming.When freshman quarterback Matt Barkley approached the huddle before the Trojans went for the two-point conversion late Saturday night, ESPN announcer Brent Musburger added a little bit of bravado to the already tense situation.False start · Matt Barkley’s performance Saturday was great, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, columnist Pedro Moura writes. – Leah Thompson | Daily Trojan“Right before your eyes, you’re watching a freshman grow up tonight, before a record-setting crowd in Columbus, Ohio,” Musburger said.His partner in the booth, Kirk Herbstreit, went even further.“Matt Barkley is going to go on to have a great career, but Brent, I think we’re always going to look back on his growth and maturation on that drive,” Herbstreit said when Ohio State turned the ball over on downs with 21 seconds remaining. “That drive that saved USC’s season and got them a huge win on the road.”What? Maybe I’m crazy, but for most of the game, I was nervous about Barkley. And nervous as I should be, watching a 19-year-old quarterback make his second career start in an incredibly hostile environment.And don’t get me wrong — I was impressed by Barkley’s poise on that final drive. I really was.He did what he was asked to do and managed the Trojans to a come-from-behind victory over the No. 8 team in the nation, no easy task.But to say that he is now a certifiable star? To say that he has officially come of age?I disagree.Come on: He completed 15 of 31 of his passes in the game — 48 percent, which would’ve been good for ninth in the Pac-10 last season — and some of the misses were glaring.Remember that interception?He bootlegged and saw a minute opening and then delivered an ill-advised, across-the-body pass to tight end senior Anthony McCoy that was picked off by Ohio State’s linebacker Ross Homan.He has made that very mistake at least five times in practice this year. You wouldn’t see a fully matured quarterback make that throw unless he’s Brett Favre.What about the overthrows? Nearly every time the Buckeye defensive line put significant pressure on him, Barkley missed his target.And tell me, please, how exactly he grew up during “The Drive.”Was it the swing route to junior running back Joe McKnight that aged him so? It was a glorified run play that McKnight turned into a big gain.Or the nine-yard out to redshirt junior wide receiver Damian Williams? We all know that every quarterback on the team could’ve made that throw.The QB sneaks? Nice, but are they really what makes a quarterback a star?No. Let’s be frank: Barkley made one exceptional throw — the 26-yard missile to McCoy that sliced through double coverage. It was a great throw on first down that moved the chains.Nice? Yes. Worthy of anointing that as “The Drive?”Most certainly not.Barkley had a good performance — nothing more. If Mark Sanchez had stayed for his senior season and completed 15-of-31 for 195 yards against the Buckeyes, his head would’ve been called for on a stick.This whole idea, this whole construct of Barkley being the next King of Troy, can be traced down to one thing: the national media.As soon as Barkley was named the starter in August, national columnists flocked to Howard Jones Field for interviews with the precocious then-18-year-old.Since then, you can find a new article pretty much every day about the awe-inspiring freshman in Los Angeles.Take a look at a couple articles after Saturday’s game:The Associated Press’ first paragraph: “Two games into his college football career, 19-year-old quarterback Matt Barkley already has a place in Southern California lore.”Even the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s headline was, “Young Barkley comes of age in victory.”They have to take the extreme version of one side or the other to attract views and readers, so there’s this exaggerated view of Barkley’s performance that goes out to the general public. In reality, I’d argue that his performance was typical of a phenom’s: flashes of greatness but spots of immaturity as well.Don’t get me wrong — I think Barkley will be the best in the nation by his junior season. And I definitely won’t be surprised if he makes it big at the next level. But to say that path is already guaranteed for him?It’s way too early to do anything of the sort.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit or email Pedro at [email protected]last_img read more