Tommy Suharto's Brazen Libel Verdict

Indonesia’s court system, ranked one of the most corrupt in Asia, has awarded the convicted murderer son of the late strongman Suharto Rp12.5 billion (USUS$1.46 million) from a magazine that called him a convicted murderer. In December 2009, the in-flight magazine of the national flag carrier Garuda, in a review of a resort owned Hutomo Mandala Putra, also known as Tommy Suharto, called him a convicted murderer, which Presiding Judge Tahsin of the South Jakarta District Court said had ruined Tommy’s reputation “as a national and international businessman.” The magazine was also ordered to carry a full-page apology for three issues running.

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