"We deny the defendants plea. With regard to this decision, the defendant has been given time to either accept or appeal to a higher court. Meanwhile, the investigation of corruption case involving the defendant will continue and a trial will be held twice a week considering the many witnesses in this case," Chief of Judge Haswandi announced during a court session on Thursday.
Commenting on the verdict, Anas expressed hope that he will be given a fair trial.
"I want a fair trial and not judged. I believe that the judges and prosecutors also expect a fair result from this trial," Anas said.
On February 22, 2012, Anas was named a suspect on charges of violating several articles of the corruption laws by accepting bribes or gifts, which carry a sentence of four to 20 years and a fine of Rp200 million to Rp one billion.
Anas was said to have accepted 7-20 percent of fee from Permai Company Group from projects handled by the company using the State Budget (APBN). The fee was in the form of a Toyota Harrier car worth Rp670 million, Toyota Vellfire car worth Rp735 million, a survey activity costing Rp478.6 million, and cash worth Rp116.52 billion as well as US$5.26 million.
Anas was also said to have not revealed his real fortune, which could reach Rp23.88 billion. (*)