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The BBC's Richard Galpin reports
"Mr Suharto is alleged to have become a multi-billionaire during his long period of authoritarian rule"
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Monday, 27 March, 2000, 12:55 GMT 13:55 UK
Corruption probe dogs Suharto
Suharto
The former president as head of state in early 1998
Former Indonesian President Suharto has again been summoned to answer allegations of corruption during his 32 years in power.

A spokesman for the attorney-general's office in Jakarta said questioning would focus on the alleged misuse of funds from three charities the former president founded and controlled until recently.

"We have issued the summons. It is scheduled for Thursday morning," RJ Suhandoyo said.

"If the investigators are smart, they should be able to uncover other corruption cases."

Ailing health

He would not comment on whether he believed Mr Suharto, 78, would actually appear.


Suharto
In hospital in a wheelchair last July
The former president, who resigned two years ago, did not show up when first summoned for questioning last month.

His lawyers and doctor argued that he was too ill to attend.

But last week the attorney-general, Marzuki Darusman, said a medical team had concluded that Mr Suharto - who suffered a stroke last year and spent two periods in hospital - was well enough to face questioning.

If he fails to answer a third summons he could be forced to appear.

Pardon

Mr Suharto was named as a suspect in connection with the case in February, but denies any wrongdoing.


Protest
Student demonstrators call for Mr Suharto to be brought to trial
An earlier probe into his activities was dropped during the last days of office of his successor and protege, former President BJ Habibie.

The case was reopened by reformist President Abdurrahman Wahid's government after he was elected in October.

Mr Wahid has said he would pardon Mr Suharto, as a former head of state, if a court finds him guilty of corruption.

Parliamentarians also want to question the former president over alleged misuse of billions of dollars of state funds which the central bank disbursed to ailing banks in the months before his fall in May, 1998.

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