JAKARTA - Defense lawyer of the youngest son of the former president Soeharto, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, said that his client would surrender to prosecutors on Monday to begin serving his 18 months jail term. Erman Umar said Tommy did not leave the country and would appear on Monday at the South Jakarta Prosecutors Office.
"He (Tommy) is still in Jakarta and he is still free as he has not received copies of the presidential decree on his clemency refusal," he said. The statement came after Tommy was declared a fugitive after a state prosecutor and police waited in vain at his central Jakarta residence for six hours Friday night to arrest him.
Tommy on Friday ignored a summons to surrender himself after President Abdurrahman Wahid rejected his plea for a pardon the previous day. The Supreme Court last month had overturned a lower court acquittal of Tommy and business associate Ricardo Gelael in a 1995 land scam. They were both sentenced to 18 months and ordered to pay back the state. Gelael surrendered himself to prosecutors on Friday evening.