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Jakarta Post

Prosecutors want to jail tycoon Hartati Murdaya for five years

  • Rabby Pramudatama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 29 2012   /  08:06 am

Hot seat: Business tycoon Siti Hartati Murdaya stands trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Wednesday. The member of the Democratic Party’s board of patrons was indicted for bribing Buol regent Amran Batalipu with Rp 3 billion (US$312,501). (JP/Jerry Adiguna)Business tycoon Siti Hartati Murdaya, 68, has repeatedly proclaimed her innocence in the bribery scandal involving Buol regent Amran Batalipu, but on Wednesday the Democratic Party politician stood trial as a defendant.

The Jakarta Corruption Court indicted Hartati, a member of the Democratic Party’s board of patrons, for bribery. According to the indictment, Hartati allegedly bribed Amran Rp 3 billion (US$312,501) to secure business permits for the operation of her oil palm plantation in Buol, Central Sulawesi.

Prosecutors alleged the bribery plot was initiated by Hartati and Amran when the two met at the Jakart...