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Indonesia imposes travel ban on Trump’s partner
Chief Executive of Indonesia’s MNC Group Hary Tanoesoedibjo

Following allegations of threatening a prosecutor, Indonesian authorities have imposed a travel ban on tycoon and politician Hary Tanoesoedibjo, a business partner to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Tanoesoedibjo is building resorts in Indonesia to be managed by Trump hotels.

He has been given a 20-day ban from travelling out of Indonesia to give room for proper investigation into the alleged threat to a prosecutor through text message.

The ban started on June 22 based on a request by Indonesian police’s criminal investigation unit Agung Sampurno, a spokesman at the immigration directorate said on Wednesday.

The Indonesian billionaire “is under investigation related to a violation of the information and electronic transactions law,” Sampurno said.

Tanoesoedibjo, whose MNC Group controls businesses ranging from media to property, has been named a suspect for allegedly sending a threatening message to a prosecutor investigating a case involving Mobile 8, a telecommunications company previously owned by MNC Group.

Tanoesoedibjo’s lawyer could not be reached on Wednesday but in an earlier statement dismissed the allegations. “The content of Hary Tanoesoedibjo’s SMS is general and idealistic and does not threaten anyone,” his lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea said.

Part of Tanoesoedibjo’s text message read: “If I am the leader of this country, then that’s where Indonesia will be changed and cleared of things that are not as they should be,” according to the statement from the lawyer.

Tanoesoedijo has also denied the allegations in media reports. Breaching the law can carry a maximum jail term of four years and a maximum fine of 750 million rupiah ($56,000)

The tycoon, who in the 2014 election ran as a candidate for vice president, founded his own a political party in 2015 and said in January he would decide before the end of next year whether to run in the 2019 presidential election.

He described U.S. President Donald Trump’s victory as inspiring for candidates with little political experience and attended Trump’s innauguration in Washington in January.

His company is currently building two luxury resorts in the island of Bali and in West Java, which would be managed by Trump Hotel Collection.

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