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Jakarta Post

Hartati’s political fall now official

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 5 2013   /  09:06 am

Siti Hartati Tjakra Murdaya. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama Siti Hartati Tjakra Murdaya, once one of Indonesia’s richest women, cried on Monday, as the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced her to 32 months’ imprisonment for bribing the regent of Buol, Central Sulawesi.

The sentencing of Hartati marks a meteoric plunge in the tycoon’s fortunes since her arrest by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in September.

Hartati, who once had strong political connections to five of the nation’s presidents, was accompanied by only a small group of relatives and employees in the courtroom.

Her close relationship with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, whose campaigns she provided immense financial support, meant nothing during her trial. Yudhoyono and all her former political connection distanced themselves from her after her arrest.

Hartati, the chairperson of t...