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Indonesia Cabinet Minister Gets 12 Years in COVID-19 Graft

Juliari Peter Batubara outside court in Jakarta on Aug. 23.

Juliari Peter Batubara outside court in Jakarta on Aug. 23.

Photographer: Ricky Prakoso/AFP/Getty Images

Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia’s anti-graft court sentenced a former Cabinet minister to 12 years in prison on Monday after finding him guilty of bribery related to the government’s distribution of coronavirus aid.

Former Social Affairs Minister Juliari Peter Batubara was arrested in December after he turned himself in to the Corruption Eradication Commission, hours after its chairman publicly called on him to surrender.