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Rasyid walks free in fatal reckless driving case

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 26 2013   /  08:50 am

The East Jakarta District Court handed down a suspended five-month prison sentence on Monday to 22-year-old M. Rasyid Amrullah Rajasa, who rear-ended a car that led to the deaths of two people.

The panel of judges gave the youngest son of Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa a six-month probation term and ordered him to pay a Rp 12 million (US$1,200) fine.

The verdict is lighter than the demands of state prosecutors, who asked for Rasyid to be sentenced to eight months in jail and be given a Rp 12 million fine with a one year suspension.

Presiding judge Suharjono said the defendant was found guilty of reckless driving that claimed two lives and injured three others on the city inner-circle toll road on New Year’s Day in East Jakarta.

Rasyid’s BMW X5 jeep rear-ended a Daihatsu Luxio minivan at the 3.5-kilometer point on the toll road. The force of t...