Prosecutors on Monday recommended
that Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court judges sentence businesswoman Sri
Hartati Murdaya Poo to five years in jail for bribery.
“We recommend that the defendant,
Siti Hartati Murdaya, be declared guilty of corruption and sentenced
to five years in jail and a fine of Rp 200 million or an additional
four months in jail,” prosecutor Edy Hartoyo told the court.
Hartati, a close aide of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was
named a graft suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)
She is said to have offered Rp 3 billion ($313,000) in
kickbacks to Amran Batalipu, the former head of Central Sulawesi’s
Buol district, in exchange for land concessions for her oil palm
plantation companies, Hardaya Inti Plantation and Cipta Cakra
Hartati initially claimed that the money was a donation, but later
said she was extorted by Amran.
Reading out the 300-page thick recommendation, Edy said that
Hartati, by engaging in the crime, did not support the government’s
anti-corruption drive and expanded her plantation concessions
dishonestly. In addition, Edy said she had not been straightforward
during the trial and mobilized mobs including for the purpose of
disturbing the trials.
“She has been legally and convincingly proven to have engaged in
corruption,” Edy said.
Gusrizal, who heads the panel of judges hearing the case, said the
court would resume on Monday to hear the defense plea.
Hartati, speaking after the hearing, called the prosecutor’s
“It is unrealistic and based only on their own charges. It
should be based on the facts presented in court,” Hartati said,
adding that the “people can judge for themselves.”
Hartati’s lawyer, Patra M. Zen, said he was confident the judges
would be more objective in their
“The recommendation is indeed within the authority of the
prosecutors but the verdict is in the hands of the panel of judges.
They [the judges] are not blind and can see that not a single
witness, as shown in the trial records, said that Hartati handed over
the money,” he said.”
“The one who handed the money was Gondo,” he added, referring to Gondo Sidjono, the operations director of
Hardaya Inti Plantation.
The KPK has also named Amran, Gondo and Hardaya Inti Plantation
general manager Yani Anshori as suspects in the case. Prosecutors are
seeking a 12-year prison term for Amran.