Former Indonesian governor stands trial

Burhanuddin Abdullah, the former governor of Bank Indonesia who is facing corruption charges, appeared in court on Wednesday.
Burhanuddin Abdullah, the former governor of Bank Indonesia who is facing corruption charges, appeared in court on Wednesday.

Abdullah was accused of causing losses to the state of Rp100 billion ($10.8m) and could face a maximum of 20 years if convicted, local media reports say.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the country's powerful anti-graft authority, arrested and questioned the former governor on 20 February, when he was still in charge of the central bank.

Two other employees of the central bank, Rusli Simanjuntak, head of the central bank's office in Surabaya, and Oey Hoey Tiong, the director for legal affairs, have also been questioned in connection with the case, which centres on accusations that the central bankers used the institution's funds to secure a change in the central bank law.

Abdullah left the central bank in May at the end of his first five-year term.

Sjahril Sabirin, a former governor of the central bank, was sentenced to three years on corruption charges in March 2002. However, he was later released on appeal.

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