Jakarta (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesian lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party and former beauty queen Angelina "Angie" Sondakh faces multiple charges for her alleged role in two graft cases related to the Youth and Sports Ministry and the Education and Culture Ministry.
The prosecutors for the country's antigraft body the Corruption Eradication Commission indicted Angelina under Articles 5 and 11 on bribery, and Article 12 on kickbacks, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Prosecutor Agus Salim alleged that Angie took a total of 33.37 billion rupiah (US$3.5 million) in kickbacks, comprising 12.85 billion rupiah related to the Southeast Asian Games' athletes' village construction project and $2.35 million related to fraudulent budget allocations worth 600 billion rupiah to 16 state universities by the Education and Culture Ministry, the money came from holding firm Permai Group, owned by corruption convict Muhammad Nazaruddin.
Nazaruddin, a former Democratic Party treasurer, was also a former colleague of Angie at the House of Representatives at the time of the cases.
Salim explained that Angie, who was a member of the budgetary committee at the House' Commission X, overseeing education, culture and sports, arranged the budget discussions and helped the company to win those projects.
Angie then allegedly communicated with Permai Group's marketing director Mindo Rosalina Manulang about how to set the fees, which were 5 per cent of the total budget allocation, and how to deliver the money.