The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court on June 30 gave a life sentence to former chief of the Constitutional Court Akil Mochtar for graft related to local elections.

The court found Akil guilty of accepting bribes totalling about 5 million USD in relation to local election disputes and money laundering.

Evidence and testimony during the trial revealed how the money Akil had received influenced the results of local election disputes brought to the court headed by him.

Akil filed an appeal immediately after the verdict was read out.

Arrested by investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission last October, Akil was a lawmaker for the country's Golkar Party when he was elected as a Constitutional Court justice in 2008.

He assumed the court's top job in April last year, only six months before he was arrested.-VNA