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Governor of Indonesia's Aceh Province Jailed for Corruption

An Indonesian court has sentenced the governor of tsunami-ravaged Aceh province to 10 years in jail for skimming state funds.

The court also ordered the governor, Abdulah Puteh, to pay fines and reimburse the state for losses.

Monday's verdict was the first handed down by a new court set up to deal with high-profile corruption cases. The sentence was two years harsher than what prosecutors had requested.

A five-judge panel found Puteh guilty of buying a Russian-made civilian helicopter without authorization in a 2001 deal that caused financial losses to the state.

Puteh was not in the courtroom to hear the sentence. His lawyers say they will appeal.

(Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.)