Secretary to the Youth and Sports Minister, Mr Wafid Muharam, allegedly accepted three cheques worth Rp. 3.2 billion (US$325,000) in return for rigging bids for the athletes’ village construction project for the SEA Games in Palembang, South Sumatra.
Mr Muharam pleaded not guilty and claimed that the cheques were loans for the project. A panel of judges found Mr Muharem guilty of taking bribes to rig bids in favour of PT Duta Graha Indah (DGI), who won the Rp 191 billion project.
Mr Muharam was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
In September, the Jakarta Corruption Court found go-betweens Ms Rosalinda Manullang (confidante of former Democratic Party treasurer and lawmaker Mr Muhammad Nazaruddin) and Mr Mohamad El Idris (DGI’s marketing manager) guilty of bribing Mr Muharam. Ms Manullang was sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment and Rp 200 million in fines, whereas Mr El Idris received two years imprisonment and Rp 200 million in fines.