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Indonesia awaits corruption verdict
AFAR
9/4/2002

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Akbar Tandjung, former Cabinet secretary of the second biggest political part, is now charged with abuse of power and corruption for allegedly misusing $4.5 million in state funds in 1999.

Prosecutors have demanded that Tandjung be sentenced to 4 years in prison for allegedly misusing state funds designated to pay for assistance, including food packages, for people impoverished by the 1998 Asian financial collapse.

"The food packages which were supposed to be delivered by truck to several villages in East Java never arrived," judge Andi Samsan Nganro said.

Tandjung denies any wrongdoing and told reporters: "I am ready for the judges' decision whatever it may be. If I am found guilty, I will appeal."

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