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Probosutedjo is the younger half-brother of former Indonesian president Suharto. Probosutedjo was one of seven children from his mother's second marriage. (Suharto was the only child from her first marriage).[1]

Probosutedjo's business success and fortune under Suharto's New Order government was the focus of corruption allegations since the 1970s.[1] In 2003, he was tried and convicted for corruption and the loss of $10 million from the Indonesian state. He was sentenced to four years in jail. He later won a reduction of his sentence to two years, initiating a probe by the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission into the alleged scandal of the "judicial mafia" which uncovered offers of $600,000 to various judges. Probosutedjo confessed to the scheme in October 2005, leading to the arrest of his lawyers. His full four-year term was reinstated. After a brief standoff at a hospital, in which he was reportedly protected by a group of police officers, he was arrested on November 30, 2005.


  1. ^ a b McDonald, H., Suharto's Indonesia, page, 10. Fontana Books, 1980, Blackburn, Australia, ISBN 0-00-635721-0