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Tuesday, 30 January, 2001, 18:53 GMT
Tommy Suharto's bank accounts frozen
Tommy Suharto
Tommy has been on the run since November
The Indonesian authorities have blocked access to three bank accounts held by Tommy Suharto, the fugitive son of the country's former president.

The move by Indonesia's attorney-general and the central bank follows a so-far fruitless three-month police search for the millionaire playboy, whose real name is Hutomo Mandala Putra.

The youngest and most flamboyant of the Suharto children went on the run after the Supreme Court sentenced him to 18 months in prison for his role in an $11m property scam.

Anti-Tommy posters
A militant student group has put up wanted posters
A spokesman for the attorney-general said it was still unclear how much money was held in the accounts, but expressed doubt that much would be found.

The three accounts frozen were in Bank Central Asia, Bank Mandiri and Bank Panin.

The spokesman added that he did not know whether Tommy Suharto had other accounts.

Government criticised

Tommy's disappearance has proved an acute embarrassment for the Indonesian Government, which has come under heavy criticism for its handling of cases against the Suharto family.

A massive international manhunt has been launched, but Tommy has continued to evade capture despite his being one of Indonesia's most recognisable faces.

The search took another farcical turn a fortnight ago when it was reported that police had finally caught him only to allow him to slip through their grasp.

Police have already searched the homes of former President Suharto and other family members several times in their attempts to track down Tommy.

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