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Suharto to be checked for trial
Former Indonesian President Suharto (C) waving to journalists as he leaves hospital, 11 May 2005
Suharto has been dogged by ill health in recent years
The Indonesian attorney-general is to ask doctors to re-examine former President Suharto to see whether he is fit to stand trial.

Mr Suharto, 84, has been suffering from ill health since his forced resignation in 1998 after 32 years in power.

He was indicted for alleged corruption, but in 2000 a court deemed him unfit to stand trial due to a series of strokes.

On Sunday he made a rare public appearance at a wedding, prompting speculation his health had improved.

Reconfirmation

Opposition figures and human rights groups have persistently accused the general of corruption and human rights abuses during his decades in power.

RISE AND FALL OF SUHARTO
Born in Java, June 1921
As army minister, plays a central role in helping Sukarno overcome a coup in 1965
Becomes president March 1967
Modernisation programmes in the 70s and 80s raise living standards
East Timor forcibly annexed in late 1975
Asian economic crisis of the 1990s hits Indonesian economy
Spiralling prices and discontent force him to resign in May 1998
Judges rule he is unfit to stand trial for corruption in 2000

The attorney-general said a team of 20 would be asked to re-examine Mr Suharto.

"Doctors said he suffered permanent [brain] damage, but we need to reconfirm that," said Abdul Rahman Saleh.

He told reporters he might consider unspecified other options if doctors concluded the former president was not well enough to face any proceedings.

There has been no indication as to what - if any - charges the former president might face.

In 2000, judges dismissed a US$600m corruption case on the grounds of ill health.




SEE ALSO:
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Rise and fall of strongman Suharto
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