Jailed tycoon seeks reduced sentence

JAKARTA • Hartawan Aluwi, the Indonesian recently removed from Singapore and now behind bars in Indonesia, will file a case review to have his prison sentence reduced, his lawyer said.

Hartawan fled to Singapore in 2008 after he was suspected to have misused government funds amounting to 6.7 trillion rupiah (S$684 million) to bail out the now-defunct Bank Century during the 2008 financial crisis.

The plan to file the motion comes a week after the tycoon's detention in Salemba Prison in Jakarta, his lawyer Joko Sulaksono told Tribunnews.com on Wednesday.

Hartawan was sentenced in absentia to a 14-year prison term for helping jailed businessman Robert Tantular, a major Bank Century shareholder, misuse the bailout money, thejakartaglobe.com reported yesterday.

"He was convicted in absentia; thus, he had not been able to defend himself in court. His role (in the matter) was not like what has long been publicised," Mr Joko Sulaksono said.

Indonesian police are still pursuing several other graft fugitives in the case, including businessman Anton Tantular and former Bank Century bankers Theresia Dewi Tantular, Rafat Ali Rizvi, Hasem Al Warraq and Hendro Wiyanto, thejakartaglobe.com said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 29, 2016, with the headline 'Jailed tycoon seeks reduced sentence'. Print Edition | Subscribe