(Reuters) - Former Indonesian president Suharto’s youngest son Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra, 44, was set to receive a conditional release on Monday after serving some five years of what was originally a 15 year sentence for plotting murder, prison officials said.
Here are some key facts on Tommy Suharto:
- Hutomo Mandala Putra, former Indonesian leader Suharto’s favorite son, was born on July 15, 1962, the second youngest of six children.
- Like other family members, Tommy made millions under his father’s powerful patronage. His Humpuss Group of companies held the national monopoly on clove distribution, the key ingredient in Indonesia’s favorite sweet-smelling kretek cigarettes. His tax-exempt control of a national car project, the Timor, was later ceded as a condition for a 1998 International Monetary Fund bail-out of Indonesia.
- Tommy was sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2002 for paying a hitman to gun down Supreme Court Judge Syafiuddin Kartasasmita, who had convicted him in a graft case, and other offences.
- His term was later reduced to 10 years in an appeal, and further sliced by a series of “remissions”, cuts given on major holidays for good behavior, most recently this month for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. He also received credit for time served before the verdict. Transferred to Indonesia’s infamous Nusa Kambangan prison island off Java in 2002, he had most recently been in an East Jakarta penitentiary.
- A racing car driver with a playboy reputation, Tommy’s name was linked to beauty queens and pop singers. He married Ardhia Pramesti Regita Cahyani, a descendant of Javanese royalty, in 1997. In September 2006, a Jakarta court granted her request for divorce and custody of their two children.