Hartati Fails to Arrive at KPK’s Summoning After Suffering Seizure

By webadmin on 01:06 pm Sep 07, 2012
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Markus Junianto Sihaloho & Rangga Prakoso

[Updated on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012]

Graft suspect Siti
Hartati Murdaya failed to attend an interrogation session at the
Corruption Eradication Commission office on Friday due to a purported
illness.

“Hartati has been suffering from seizures since five
days ago and could not attend today’s questioning,” Tumbur Simanjuntak,
Hartati’s lawyer, told journalists at the office of the antigraft
agency, known as the KPK, on Friday.

Tumbur said his client’s
illness was genuine and was not being fabricated to avoid the
interrogation. He said Hartati had been in South Jakarta’s Medistra
Hospital for two days.

“She will fulfill her obligation to the KPK. She is not scared since she was the one being extorted,” Tumbur said.

Patra
Zen, another of Hartati’s lawyers, said on Friday: “Her family just
informed me this morning that Ibu Hartati was admitted to the hospital.
She had breathing problems as well as pains in her legs.”

Patra said that Hartati’s lawyers asked KPK investigators to delay the interview.

“Since Ibu is being treated in the hospital, we have requested the questioning be postponed,” Patra said.

Hartati
was named a suspect by the KPK after allegedly ordering Rp 3 billion
($313,000) in kickbacks for Amran Batalipu, the head of Central
Sulawesi’s Buol district, in exchange for land concessions for her oil
palm plantation companies, Hardaya Inti Plantation and Cipta Cakra
Murdaya.

Several officials from Hartati’s companies have also been named suspects and are in custody.

Friday’s
questioning was supposed to be the first inquiry into the case since
Hartati was accused. In the past, the KPK has placed suspects in
detention after the first round of questioning.

Hundreds of
Hartati’s supporters on Friday rallied in front of the KPK office in
South Jakarta, delaying southbound traffic on Jalan Rasuna Said.

Supporters held a large banner and leaflets saying “Save Hartati, Free Hartati.”

Hartati’s
illness puts her among the ranks of graft suspects who have fallen ill
during investigations. Others include Anti-Corruption Court judge
Kartini Marpaung, former lawmaker Muhammad Nazaruddin and his wife
Neneng Sri Wahyuni, legislator Angelina Sondakh and socialite Nunun
Nurbaetie.

On Thursday, the trial of one of the plantation
company executives kicked off at the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court, with
prosecutors detailing the alleged bribe transaction with Amran, who has
also been named a suspect.

Gondo Sudjono, the operational
director at Hardaya Inti Plantations, is allegedly to have paid the
bribe. In return, Hardaya Inti, Cipta Cakra and a third plantation
company, Sebuku Inti Plantations, were allegedly given palm oil
concessions on 4,500 hectares of land, KPK prosecutors said.

“The
defendant asked something of Amran … and gave him Rp 1 billion and then
Rp 2 billion,” prosecutor Edy Hartoyo told the court at Gondo’s trial.

The Anti-Corruption Court trial continues, and the KPK is expected to again seek Hartati for questioning.

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