A lawyer for graft suspect Angelina Sondakh on Thursday asked judges at the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court to allow her to be detained at home.
“It is hoped that the panel of judges can consider the urgency of detaining the defendant and commute it to house arrest,” lawyer Teuku Nasrullah told the court.
The lawyers argued that Angelina was a single mother to a two-year old son from her late husband Adjie Massaid, who died of a suspected stroke in February last year.
“The defendant is a single parent that has to take care of a 2-year-old child,” the lawyer said.
Angelina was a member of the House of Representatives for the ruling Democratic Party when she allegedly became involved in the rigging on government contracts.
Nasrullah added that he and his client’s family would guarantee that she would not try to escape if put under house arrest.
“If she had wanted to flee, she could have done it while she was still a suspect,” he said.
He added that since her position as a lawmaker at the House of Representatives has been suspended, there was little chance of her destroying evidence or repeating the crime.
Sudjatmiko, the judge heading the panel handling the case, said the court would consider the demand.
Angelina faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly accepting $3.6 million in bribes, according to the indictment read by prosecutors on the opening day of her trial.
Angelina was declared a suspect in February and was detained in April.
She stands accused of participated in a bid-rigging scheme to ensure that construction contracts for the Southeast Asian Games athletes’ village were awarded to the Permai Group, which was owned by fellow Democratic legislator Muhammad Nazaruddin, who has since been implicated in numerous corruption cases.