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Jakarta Post

Media mogul Tanoesoedibjo rejects Antasari allegations

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 15, 2017   /  06:49 pm
Media mogul Tanoesoedibjo rejects Antasari allegations Group chairman and CEO of MNC media group Hary Tanoesoedibjo. (Bloomberg/File)

Media and business tycoon Hary Tanoesoedibjo denied on Wednesday allegations by former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman, and murder convict, Antasari Azhar that he, Hary, took part in a plot that led to Antasari’s imprisonment in 2010.

Antasari claimed on Tuesday that Hary, founder of the MNC media group and business partner of US President Donald Trump, was sent on a mission by then president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to ask Antasari not to detain Aulia Pohan, father-in-law of Yudhoyono's son Agus Harimurti and then Bank Indonesia deputy governor, in 2009, a request that Antasari rejected.

"All of [Antasari's claim] is slander. I don't want to waste my time responding to it," Hary said on Wednesday.

(Read also: SBY behind murder accusations against me: Antasari)

Hary, who has expressed an interest in running in the next presidential election in 2019 election with his own United Indonesia Party (Perindo), said he would rather focus on his business than worry about such accusations.

Antasari was convicted of the murder of business executive Nasrudin Zulkarnaen and sentenced to 18 years in prison just a few months after prosecuting Aulia for graft. Antasari said he sensed irregularities in his case as he was arrested just two months after his meeting with Hary.

The former antigraft czar, who has publicly accused Yudhoyono of engineering his murder case, has reported the irregularities in his case to the National Police's criminal investigation division to be investigated. (wit)

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