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Jakarta Post

Soeharto’s half-brother dies at 87 years of age

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 26, 2018   /   11:04 am
Soeharto’s half-brother dies at 87 years of age The half-brother of former Indonesian strongman Suharto, Probosutedjo, addresses the press at his residence 21 November 2000, shortly after plainclothed policemen searched his home as part of efforts to locate and apprehend Hutomo (Agence France -Presse/Weda)

Probosutedjo, a prominent businessman and the younger half-brother of former president Soeharto, died in Jakarta on Monday. He was 87 years of age.

"He died at the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital at 7 a.m. this morning," Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani told The Jakarta Post.

The funeral would be held in Yogyakarta, he added.

Probosutedjo was born in Kemusuk, Yogyakarta, on May 1, 1930.

A part of the privileged Cendana family, he established a business empire, mainly in the forestry industry. He was the director of PT Menara Hutan Buana. Under the New Order regime, he co-founded the Indonesian Indigenous Entrepreneurs Association (HIPPI), a move that reportedly drew the ire of Soeharto.

In 2003, he was sentenced to four years in prison in a bribery case valued at more than Rp 100 billion (US$7,270). He was conditionally released in 2008 after serving two-thirds of his term.

Probosutedho, who owned Jakarta’s Mercu Buana University, remained an ardent supporter of Soeharto. In 2013, he published a book entitled 34 Palace Journalists Talk About Pak Harto, which presents stories from palace-based reporters, and inaugurated the Grand General HM Soeharto Memorial in Yogyakarta. (kuk/srs/ahw)