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Monday, 29 July, 2002, 12:20 GMT 13:20 UK
Tommy Suharto in jail with style
Tommy playing badminton in prison
Tommy appeared in good spirits

Reporters and legislators visiting Tommy Suharto, the youngest son of Indonesia's former dictator, in jail on Monday found him playing badminton.

Despite his conviction on Friday to 15 years in jail on charges of murder, weapons possession and evading justice, Tommy was reported to be "jovial".

"I feel a little bad but what can I do?" a smiling Tommy told journalists, referring to his sentence.

Playboy comforts
Sony TV
Fan
Toto brand toilet
However, Tommy's lawyers said that the 40-year-old former playboy was considering appealing his conviction.

During a break from a badminton game with his fellow inmates, Tommy said in response: "You'll see on Thursday".

Asked about his health, the apparently sprightly Tommy replied: "Fine, fine, healthy."

Tommy failed to appear for the verdict in his trial on Friday after he complained of feeling unwell and was found to be suffering from dizziness and diarrhoea.

Incarcerated in style

Tommy's visitors were allowed a glimpse of his cell in Cipinang prison, where conditions are reported to be very different from those for other inmates, who are crammed up to 10 a cell.

Tommy's cell has three rooms, a 53-centrimetre (21-inch) Sony Trinitron television, fan and a food container holding various flavours of instant noodles, according to the Indonesian news agency Detikcom.

One legislator was particularly angered by the brand of Tommy's prison toilet:

"It's too luxurious. For example Toto brand. You know that's very expensive," Detikcom quoted Jacob Elfinus Sahetapy as saying.

Mr Sahetapy said the conditions of the cell were "discriminatory" and that he and his fellow lawmakers would be raising the matter with the justice minister.

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