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Jakarta Post

Hartati turns on the waterworks, claims innocence and ignorance

  • Rabby Pramudatama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 22 2013   /  10:20 am

Politically wired businesswoman, Hartati Murdaya, delivered an emotional defense statement at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday, insisting that she was not to blame for a bribery scandal that involved her and her company.

Hartati maintained that it was her subordinates who paid the bribe to the regent of Buol in Central Sulawesi, Amran Batalipu.

“I never intended to make any donation to Amran. The bribe was given entirely on Totok Lestiyo’s [her subordinate] own initiative. The money was given without my consent,” said Hartati, holding back her tears. She was later seen to be sobbing.

Hartati then pleaded to the panel of judges to drop all the charges against her and promised that she would use her freedom to do more charity work.

“My vision is to defend the rights of my employees and many other people whose lives depend on me,” the 68-year-old ...