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Jakarta Post

Villagers say Hartati’s thugs forced them off their land

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 20 2012   /  09:44 am

An allegation that her plantation company forced villagers to leave their lands came as another blow for businesswoman Siti Hartati Murdaya, a suspect in a bribery scandal.

Hartati seemingly will have to divide her interrogation time between the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) which plans to summon her.

Komnas HAM now plans to summon Hartati after a group of farmers from Central Sulawesi came to the rights body on Friday alleging human rights violations committed by personnel from Hartati’s company.

The farmers who came from a remote part of Buol, Central Sulawesi, claimed that their land was taken away by Hartati’s company, PT Hardaya Inti Plantation (PT HIP) in 1993.

“At first, people from the company told us that they would construct roads. We were very happy back then because the roads ...