05 Oct '17, 9am

'Queen of Coal' named corruption suspect in Indonesia

'Queen of Coal' named corruption suspect in Indonesia

Rita Widyasari was named suspect by Indonesia's antigraft body earlier this month. She was alleged to accept a a 6 billion rupiah ($442,000) bribe from plantation businessman Hari Susanto Gun. The head of Kutai Kartanegara district in East Kalimantan is often dubbed as the "queen of coal" given the number of mining permits she has issued. JAKARTA — A district chief from Indonesian Borneo has been named a corruption suspect over the issuance of an oil palm plantation permit, opening the door for law enforcers to unravel other cases related to natural resources in the coal-rich jurisdiction. Rita Widyasari, the elected head of Kutai Kutanegara, a district in East Kalimatan province, allegedly accepted a 6 billion rupiah ($442,000) bribe from Hari Susanto Gun, CEO of oil palm grower PT Sawit Golden Prima, in 2010. The money was in exchange for a plantation permit. Indonesia’s...

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