Graft convict allowed to
undergo treatment at hometown

Still serving a six-year jail sentence for corruption, former Kutai Kartanegara regent Syaukani Hasan Rais arrived in the East Kalimantan town of Balikpapan on Saturday for a medical treatment at his hometown Tenggarong.

Syaukani returned home after undergoing treatment at Mt. Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for two months. Previously he had been treated at Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta since December last year due to heart problem, diabetes and respiratory problem.

Kompas.com reported a helicopter operated by PT Gatari Utama Air Service took Syaukani to Tenggarong.

The Corruption Court sentenced the former chairman of Golkar Party’s East Kalimantan chapter to two and a half years in December 2007 for a graft case that caused Rp 113 billion in state losses. The Supreme Court, however, added his jail term by three and a half years on appeal in July 2008.

Syaukani was elected the leader of the richest regency in Kalimantan for the second successive term in 2005. He was stripped of his regent post following his conviction for graft.

His request for medical treatment was approved by the justice and human rights minister for “humanitarian reasons”.

The Directorate General of Penitentiary data revealed that 750 inmates died of various diseases, particularly TB, in prisons across the country in 2008 alone.

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