Indonesian taxman gets 7 years in jail

The man at the center of Indonesia`s most closely watched corruption scandal has been sentenced to seven years in jail for pocketing millions of dollars from big companies to help them avoid paying taxes.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 13:15 PM IST

Jakarta: The man at the center of Indonesia`s most closely watched corruption scandal has been sentenced to seven years in jail for pocketing millions of dollars from big companies to help them avoid paying taxes.
Gayus Tambunan`s case has made headlines and dominated social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook for months.

That`s because, in addition to embezzling at least $2.7 million, a relatively small sum in a nation considered one of the world`s most graft-ridden, the web of involvement allegedly extended to senior police, immigration officials and judges.
Judge Albertine Hoe of the South Jakarta District Court said Tambunan was guilty of corruption.

She sentenced him to seven years behind bars and fined him $30,000 dollars.

PTI