A former Golkar Party lawmaker is testifying that he used a Rp 150 million bribe to fund his 2004 campaign after the party failed to adequately support his bid. "I used the money to buy banners, tshirts and other campaign things," Asep Ruchimat Sudjana told the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday. Golkar lawmakers were required to raise their own campaign funds – and had to “be smart" in doing so, he added. Asep, who was sentenced to sixteen months’ imprisonment for accepting bribes, was questioned by prosecutors at the trial of Nunun Nurbaetie for her role in the Bank Indonesia vote-buying scandal. Asep said he accepted traveler’s checks from fellow former lawmaker Hamka Yandhu, but did not know the money was intended a bribe to swing his vote for Miranda S. Goeltom as the House considered candidates for a senior deputy governor position at the central bank.
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