Romi Herton (19 April 1965 - 28 September 2017) was an Indonesian politician and businessman who served as the mayor of Palembang. He served actively between 2013 and 2014, and remained formally a mayor until 2015 when he was removed from his post. Before becoming mayor, he had been the deputy mayor for five years.

Romi Herton
Romi Herton Walikota Palembang.jpg
16th Mayor of Palembang
In office
21 July 2013 – 4 August 2015
Preceded byEddy Santana Putra
Succeeded byHarnojoyo
Vice Mayor of Palembang
In office
MayorEddy Santana Putra
Preceded byTolhah Hasan
Succeeded byHarnojoyo
Personal details
Born(1965-04-19)19 April 1965
Metro, Lampung, Indonesia
Died28 September 2017(2017-09-28) (aged 52)
South Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia

Born in Lampung, Herton was a member of PDI-P. In 2015, he was sentenced to six years in prison for bribing Akil Mochtar in an electoral dispute. He died due to a heart attack during his sentence.


Romi Herton was born in the city of Metro in Lampung on 19 April 1965.[1] He is married to Masyito, and the couple has four children.[2] After Herton's tenure, his sister Fitrianti Agustinda would become the deputy mayor of Palembang.[3]


Herton started his career as a civil servant for the South Sumatra provincial government.[1] He later resigned and became a businessman, operating fuel stations among other businesses.[4] Entering politics in 2008, he ran as the running mate to Eddy Santana Putra in Palembang's 2008 mayoral election, winning the four-candidate race.[1]

After five years, he ran as mayor in the 2013 election with Harnojoyo as his running mate. Following the election, the General Elections Commission declared his opponent Sarimuda the winner with him having won 316,923 votes to Herton's 316,915.[5] Herton then went to the Constitutional Court, which ruled in his favor, with Herton ending up with an advantage of 23 votes.[6] Herton was eventually sworn in as mayor by governor Alex Noerdin on 21 July 2013.[7]

Herton was also the head of PDI-P's branch in Palembang.[8]

He was made a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission along with his wife on June 2014 for bribing Constitutional Court judge Akil Mochtar in order to rule in his favor in the electoral dispute.[9] He was sentenced to six years in prison on 9 March 2015, while his wife received a four-year sentence.[10]

Due to the investigation, he was initially deactivated from his position with his deputy Harnojoyo becoming acting mayor.[11] Following his conviction, he was officially removed from his post in August 2015.[12]

Prison and deathEdit

Herton was initially imprisoned in Bandung, but in 2017 he was moved to a prison in Bogor. On early morning, 28 September, he experienced breathing difficulties and was rushed to a hospital in South Tangerang, but he was declared dead upon arrival due to heart attack. He was buried the following day in Palembang.[13][14][2]


  1. ^ a b c Aziz, Abdul (28 September 2017). "Jejak Romi Herton Sebelum Menjadi Pesakitan KPK". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Prosesi Pemakaman H Romi Herton SH Mantan Walikota Palembang, Dua Putranya Masuk Liang". Sriwijaya Post (in Indonesian). 29 September 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ Hadinata, Welly (3 June 2016). "Akhirnya Adik Romi Herton Terpilih Sebagai Wakil Wali Kota Palembang". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Romi Herton Meninggal Dunia, Ini Rekam Jejak 'Raja SPBU' Hingga Tersandung Kasus Suap -". (in Indonesian). 28 September 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  5. ^ Idrus, Ansyor (14 April 2013). "Sarimuda named as Palembang mayor". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  6. ^ "KPU Palembang Akhirnya Patuhi Putusan MK". Tempo (in Indonesian). 31 May 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  7. ^ Pranata, Deddy (21 July 2013). "Romi Herton Dilantik Menjadi Wali Kota Palembang". Okezone (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  8. ^ "PDIP Belum Tentukan Pengganti Romi Herton". (in Indonesian). 13 July 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Kronologi Suap Wali Kota Romi dan Istri Terkait Pilkada Palembang". (in Indonesian). 16 June 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Romi Herton Divonis 6 Tahun Penjara, Istrinya 4 Tahun". (in Indonesian). 9 March 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Romi Herton Non-Aktif, Harnojoyo Otomatis Plt Walikota". Sriwijaya Post (in Indonesian). 4 December 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  12. ^ Inge, Nefri (5 August 2015). "Romi Herton Resmi Diberhentikan Sebagai Walikota Palembang". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Romi Herton Sesak Napas di Lapas dan Meninggal di RS". detikNews (in Indonesian). 28 September 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Pagi Ini, Jenazah Romi Herton Langsung Diterbangkan ke Palembang". Okezone (in Indonesian). 28 September 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2018.