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).
Probosutedjo's business success and fortune under Suharto's New Order government was the focus of corruption allegations since the 1970s. 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.
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