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In a surprising move, the Supreme Court overturned on Monday an earlier conviction and 18-month prison sentence passed down on former president Soeharto's fugitive son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra.
Supreme Court deputy chief M. Taufiq, one of the review justices, said that the court overturned the ruling against Tommy because new evidence had emerged.
"Tommy had not been part of his company's day-to-day operations and, therefore, he should not be held responsible for its wrongdoing," Taufik said.
Tommy has been on the run since November after being served an 18- month jail sentence over an US$11 million land scam in 1995 involving his supermarket …