In a wheelchair, Hartati shows up for questioning
Tears of a tycoon: Business tycoon and former member of the Democratic Party's board of patrons Siti Hartati Murdaya appears on Wednesday morning at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for a questioning session. She failed to show up on Friday when the commission first summoned her. Hartati is a suspect in an bribery case implicating Buol Regent Amran Batalipu. She allegedly gave Rp 3 billion (US$316,589) to Amran to expedite the issuance of business permits for her companies.(Antara/Reno Esnir)Business tycoon Siti Hartati Murdaya appeared on Wednesday morning at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), after failing to attend her first questioning session on Friday, as a suspect in an alleged bribery case involving her company.
Hartati arrived in an ambulance from the Medistra Hospital at 9:42 a.m. In a wheelchair, the teary-eyed Hartati tried to hide her face when entering the antigraft commission’s headquarters.
She was accompanied by her lawyers, Tumbur Simanjuntak and Patra M. Zein.
Tumbur said her client was "still suffering spasms". A nurse also accompanied Hartati.
Separately, KPK deputy chief Busyro Muqoddas said he did not know whether the commission would aim to detain Hartati soon.
"Once someone is named a suspect, they are detained. It is only matter of time. When the investigators deem the time is right to detain her [Hartati], then so be it," Busyro said in Yogyakarta on Tuesday evening. (cor/yps)