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Indonesian female tycoon and senior politician named bribery suspect
Publication Date : 09-08-2012
The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named yesterday senior member of ruling Democratic Party and businesswoman, Siti Hartati Murdaya a suspect in the bribery scandal implicating Buol regent Amran Batalipu.
"Our investigation has found enough evidence to name a new suspect in the case, namely SHM, the president director of PT Hartati Inti Plantations [HIP]," KPK chief Abraham Samad told a press conference at the KPK headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta.
Samad alleged that Murdaya had given 3 billion rupiah (US$316,589) to Batalipu to expedite the issuance of a business permit for her company.
The KPK charged Murdaya under Articles 5 and 13 of the Corruption Law on bribery and Article 55 of the Criminal Code on participating in a crime.
Murdaya's team of lawyers earlier claimed that Batalipu had tried to extort the 3 billion rupiah from PT HIP, however, the company had only agreed to give 1 billion rupiah.
Batalipu's lawyer, Amat Entedaim, denied the extortion claim, saying that representatives from PT HIP had made the proposal to his client.
He also claimed that PT HIP had given 2 billion rupiah as a campaign donation for Batalipu's reelection bid.
Yani Anshori, general manager of PT HIP, and Gondo Sujono, the company's operations director, along with Batalipu have also been named suspects by the KPK in the case.