Akil Mochtar. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Anti-graft court has sentenced an Indonesia’s former top judge to life imprisonment for corruption and money laundering.

Akil Mochtar was chief of the Constitutional Court when the Corruption Eradication Commission charged him last October with accepting bribes to fix the results of two local elections.

In a verdict handed down late Monday, a five-member panel at the anti-corruption court found him guilty of receiving bribes of more than $3.37 million in relation to disputes in elections for district and provincial chiefs.

Presiding judge Suwidya said there was no reason to reject the maximum life sentence sought by prosecutors, since the defendant’s deeds tarnished the image of the Constitutional Court as the highest state institution.

Endemic graft in Indonesia has been blamed for deterring foreign investment.

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