Prosecutors demand 16 years prison for Indonesian politician

Prosecutors demand 16 years prison for Indonesian politician
Former speaker of Indonesia's parliament Setya Novanto, center, smiles as he enters the court room after a break during his hearing at the Corruption Cases Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, March 29, 2018. The top Indonesian politician was accused of involvement in a conspiracy of dozens of officials who used the introduction of an electronic ID system to steal more than $170 million of public money. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Prosecutors are demanding 16 years in prison for a senior Indonesian politician accused of playing a key role in the theft by officials of million of public money.

At a sentencing demand hearing on Thursday, prosecutors also called for fines and seizure of Setya Novanto’s assets if he fails to return .4 million he allegedly received as part of the corruption conspiracy.

Anti-corruption police allege Novanto was among about 80 people, mostly officials and legislators, who used the introduction of a million electronic identity card system in 2011 and 2012 to steal more than a third of the funds.

Novanto, the former speaker of Indonesia’s parliament and senior member of the Golkar party, denies any wrongdoing.