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Jakarta Post

Tommy cleared in one graft case, two more to go

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 8 2008   /  11:49 am

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) has dropped a corruption case against former president Soeharto's youngest son, and will soon lift a ban forbidding him from leaving Indonesia. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra was declared not guilty in a monopoly case because he returned the stolen money to the state, AGO spokesman Jasman Pandjaitan told journalists Friday. In the 1990s, Tommy chaired the Clove Marketing and Buffer Agency (BPPC) assigned to regulate clove trading, a key ingredient in a popular variety of Indonesian cigarettes. The BPPC was established in 1992 by a presidential decree issued by Soeharto. From 1991 to 1998, the government allocated the body loans worth Rp 759 billion via Bank Indonesia for it to buy cloves directly from farmers. The money was allegedly embezzled by Tommy and other BPPC officials through several companies belonging to...