Graft Trial on Hold as Luthfi Falls Ill
Money-laundering suspect Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq missed a court appearance on Thursday to receive treatment for hemorrhoids. His trial will continue when he recovers.
“Because the defendant is sick, he is allowed to receive treatment until he recovers and can attend the trial,” said presiding judge Gusrizal, who will decide when to proceed with the trial once he receives a physician’s report.
Luthfi, former president of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), began bleeding while waiting in a Jakarta courthouse for his trial to begin. He was rushed to the Metropolitan Medical Center (MMC) in Kuningan.
Luthfi’s lawyer M. Assegaf said that prosecutors and detention center guards took him to the hospital.
“He could not sit for long,” Assegaf said.
Luthfi is the latest in a long list of graft suspects who have fallen ill while awaiting trial.
Neneng Sri Wahyuni, convicted of rigging the bidding process for a publicly funded solar power project, was hospitalized for diarrhea several times in March. Her husband Nazaruddin, a high-profile graft suspect, was hospitalized for an intestinal infection during his trial.
Convicted graft offender Angelina Sondakh suffered from sinusitis during her detainment, while Nunun Nurbaeti, also convicted of corruption, was stricken with a laundry list of ailments, from high blood pressure to a mysterious “forgetting” disease.