The Jakarta Post
Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Antasari Azhar accused former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) on Tuesday of being behind the murder charges that resulted in him being sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Antasari claimed that Yudhoyono had instructed tycoon Hary Tanoesoedibjo to visit him a few weeks before his arrest to ask him not to detain former Bank Indonesia deputy governor Aulia Pohan, who had been implemented in corruption.
"I demand SBY open his mouth. He knows my case. I want him to open up to the public on what he did and who he ordered to criminalize me," Antasari stated at a press conference at the National Police Criminal Investigation Department in Jakarta, adding that Yudhoyono and Aulia Pohan were related through the marriage of their children.
(Read also: SBY never showed sympathy for me: Antasari)
Antasari spoke up after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo granted clemency to him, saying there were irregularities in the case. Antasari was released on parole after serving eight years of his sentence. The President granted him clemency not long after.
The South Jakarta District Court sentenced Antasari to 18 years in prison in 2010 for masterminding the murder of state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Putra Rajawali Banjaran director Nasrudin Zulkarnaen. Nasrudin was killed in a drive-by shooting in Tangerang on March 14, 2009.
Antarasi said that Hari Tanoesudibyo had visited him few weeks before his arrest. He visited the police office with his lawyers to report what he said were false charges laid against him, which violated Article 218 of the Criminal Code. (dan)
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