Tuesday, October 3, 2023

First Female Governor Ratu Atut Released on Parole

Heru Andriyanto, Muhammad Aulia
September 6, 2022 | 4:55 pm
Former Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah. (Antara Photo)
Former Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah. (Antara Photo)

Jakarta. Ratu Atut Chosiyah, who made history by becoming the country’s first female governor, was released on parole on Tuesday after serving time in prison since she was first convicted of corruption in September 2014.

The former governor of Banten has been convicted of corruption twice in separate cases and handed down consecutive prison sentences totaling 12 and a half years.

After many sentence cuts through good time credits and government rewards usually given during major national holidays, a government spokesman said her actual release date is July 8, 2025.

But Atut meets requirements for parole, including having served two-thirds of her sentence.


"She was released today from the Class IIA Tangerang Penitentiary on parole," said Rika Aprianti, a spokeswoman for the Justice Ministry’s Directorate General of Corrections.

Atut, 60, will be on probation until July 8, 2025, during which “she must not commit criminal offenses or the parole will be revoked”, Rika said.

In 2014, Atut was found guilty of bribing Constitutional Court Chief Justice Akil Mochtar to seek a ruling favoring her candidates in district head election disputes in the Banten district of Lebak.

Her appeal to the Supreme Court backfired because the sentence was increased from four and a half years to seven. The highest court also sentenced the disgraced chief justice to life.

In July 2017, Atut was again convicted of corruption in fraudulent medical equipment procurement by the Banten provincial government during her tenure.

She was sentenced to five and a half years and this time she didn’t appeal.

Atut became the acting governor in Banten in 2005 after the actual governor was implicated in a graft case. 

She rose to a historic win in the 2007 gubernatorial election to become the country’s first elected female governor and was reelected five years later.

Her family is accused of building a political dynasty in Banten where government posts or legislative council seats in many districts and towns in Java's westernmost province were occupied by her siblings, in-laws, or children. The current vice governor of Banten is her oldest son, Andika Hazrumy.

Tags: Keywords:


Business 5 hours ago

KB Bukopin to Issue $20m Green Credit to EV Firm INVI

These green credits are expected to support the development of Indonesia’s EV ecosystem.
News 12 hours ago

A Riled Trump Sounds Off Outside the New York Fraud Trial

The trial could cost him control of Trump Tower and other prized properties.
News 15 hours ago

Constitutional Court Upholds Validity of Job Creation Law

In a tight decision, all nine Constitutional Court justices voted 5-4 in favor of the government.
Special Updates 16 hours ago

Bekasi Sneakers Expo Returns to Summarecon Mall Bekasi

As many as 22 tenant booths of various brands --including Wilio Indonesia, SNDRN, and Yozugoods-- joined the 2023 Bekasi Sneakers Expo.
Business 17 hours ago

ASEAN, Canada A Step Closer to Concluding Trade Deal by 2025

ASEAN and Canada are moving a step closer towards that target as both sides have recently held their fifth round of negotiations.