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May 21, 1998 | From Times staff and wire reports
One of the last Cold War-era leaders, President Suharto ruled Indonesia unchallenged for 32 years, dominating its society and tolerating little dissent. Rise to power: As an army general, Suharto crushed a leftist coup in 1965. By the following year, he had essentially seized control of the country from the nation's founder, President Sukarno.
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July 4, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
Ruminah winces as she recalls the afternoon a mob ransacked her tiny hair salon, smashing windows and destroying both the business and her faith in justice in her homeland. More than a decade later, the reason she was attacked still haunts her: She is part Chinese. In May 1998, during two deadly days of racially fueled mayhem, rioters killed 1,000 people and raped 87 women, most of Chinese descent. Others cowered in their homes as the rape squads, reportedly led by army thugs, roamed the streets of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.
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April 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Former President Suharto's eldest daughter was questioned for six hours by Indonesian investigators conducting a corruption probe against her disgraced father. The questioning was held at the attorney general's office, which is spearheading the investigation of alleged corruption at charities once controlled by Suharto.
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April 17, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Indonesia's top court cleared Time magazine of charges it defamed ex-dictator Suharto by alleging in a cover story that his family amassed a huge fortune during his rule. It said it did not have to pay $106 million in damages. The ruling was hailed as a victory for press freedom. Time ran a cover story in its Asian edition in May 1999 saying Suharto's family had pocketed billions of dollars during his 32-year reign, the bulk of it from oil and mining, forestry, property, banking and petrochemicals.
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October 12, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesia's top legal officer dropped a corruption investigation against ex-President Suharto, a move that raised fears of renewed student protests just nine days before a new head of state is chosen. Acting Atty. Gen. Ismudjoko, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, said his probe failed to uncover enough evidence to show that Suharto had violated the law to enrich himself. Suharto's successor, President B.J. Habibie, promised to crack down on corruption after taking power last year.
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March 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Ending months of speculation over whether former President Suharto is fit to be questioned about corruption allegations, Indonesia's attorney general said the ex-strongman would be interrogated next week. Suharto's lawyers have insisted that the 78-year-old ex-leader, who was hospitalized twice last year after suffering a stroke, is too sick to be interrogated. But Atty. Gen.
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July 12, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The ruling party overwhelmingly elected a new reformist chairman, further severing former President Suharto's ties to power while promoting democratic change. The vote formally ended Suharto's role as the party's chief patron. His key supporters were also expected to be purged from the ranks of the Golkar party, including two of his wealthy children, who, with their father, are fighting allegations of corruption.
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July 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesia's attorney general filed corruption charges against former President Suharto, accusing him of skimming $157 million from seven charitable foundations he controlled during his 32 years of rule. The former dictator faces life in prison if found guilty, although he has been offered a pardon by the reformist head of state, Abdurrahman Wahid, if he returns the money. Suharto, 79, ruled Indonesia with an iron hand until 1998.
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November 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The son of former Indonesian dictator Suharto was missing after prosecutors issued a warrant for his arrest and imprisonment on a corruption conviction. A team of officials, backed by a dozen police officers, arrived at the central Jakarta home of Hutomo Mandala Putra, 38, at dusk in pouring rain. They repeatedly banged on a 7-foot front gate, but there was no sign of Hutomo at the mansion.
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April 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
State investigators barred ex-President Suharto from leaving the country for six months, fearing he could flee abroad to escape corruption charges. A government lawyer heading the probe against the 78-year-old former strongman said he made the decision after receiving reports that Suharto's children had been planning to get him out of the country. Suharto's defense lawyer denied his client planned to leave.
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December 31, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A court in Jakarta today acquitted a former state intelligence agent, Maj. Gen. Muchdi Purwoprandjono, of ordering the killing of a prominent rights campaigner. Several hundred activists who had gathered at the court shouted in anger. Munir Thalib died of arsenic poisoning aboard a Garuda airline flight in 2004. He had led a campaign to expose rights abuses by the military under the late dictator Suharto. Prosecutors had demanded a 15-year sentence, saying Purwoprandjono had "planned and ordered" Munir's murder.
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May 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesian prosecutors said they were suing former President Suharto's youngest son for $439 million over a business deal involving his failed national car project. The attorney general's office, acting on behalf of the Finance Ministry, seeks $439 million in damages from Hutomo Mandala Putra, better known as Tommy Suharto, and his companies, which include PT Humpuss. PT Timor Putra Nasional, set up by Tommy Suharto to build Indonesia's national car, defaulted on its loans to Indonesian state banks after a 1997-98 financial crisis.
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January 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Former President Suharto, who ruled with an iron fist for 32 years, died today, a senior police official told reporters. Suharto, 86, had been in critical condition in a Jakarta hospital since Jan. 4, suffering from heart, lung and kidney problems. His doctors said he suffered multiple organ failure and went into a coma shortly before his death. Suharto, who led a regime widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most brutal and corrupt, lived a reclusive life in Jakarta for the last decade.
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January 20, 2008 | From Reuters
Riot police briefly clashed Saturday with about 100 demonstrators calling for ailing former President Suharto to be brought to justice. The former general has been critically ill for more than two weeks. Doctors said Saturday that Suharto's health had improved and he eventually could recover enough to go home. Students and human rights activists gathered outside the Jakarta hospital where the 86-year-old Suharto is being treated, but police barred them from entering. One student was arrested.
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January 17, 2008 | Jeremy Wagstaff, Jeremy Wagstaff, a former reporter for Reuters and the Wall Street Journal in Asia, is writing a book on the fall of Suharto.
The island of Java holds a peculiar spiritual power among Indonesians, and the man who wielded it best is now holding the country in his thrall, even as he slips in and out of consciousness. Suharto rose to power as a general, on the back of a murky attempted coup in 1965 that he may have had prior knowledge of. That night, he visited his hospitalized son and spent the rest of the dark hours either at home or at a nearby river as his fellow generals were murdered.
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January 12, 2008 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Doctors placed former dictator Suharto on a ventilator Friday as they struggled to save the life of a man who led a 31-year regime accused of killing hundreds of thousands of people. The 86-year-old Suharto, who was deposed by waves of mass protests and rioting in 1998, was rushed to a hospital a week ago, suffering from anemia and a weakening heart.
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May 30, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesian prosecutors placed former President Suharto under house arrest after promising that the onetime strongman will stand trial within the next two months on embezzlement charges. A spokesman for the attorney general's office said the move was needed to ensure that questioning of Suharto, 79, could proceed smoothly to enable his trial to start before Aug. 10.
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December 30, 1998 | From Reuters
The Indonesian government announced Tuesday that it had found hundreds of millions of dollars linked to alleged corruption by the family and associates of former President Suharto and possibly his successor, B.J. Habibie. The government urged Indonesians to be patient over the lengthy investigations into alleged graft by Suharto. Student demonstrations triggered by the nation's social and economic crisis led to Suharto's resignation in May, ending his 32-year rule.
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September 16, 2007 | Anthony Deutsch, Associated Press
The downfall of Indonesian dictator Suharto, one of the most corrupt and brutal rulers of the last century, swept in an era of political freedom and hope. But nearly a decade later, many in this nation of 235 million remain desperately poor. And in dozens of interviews with laborers, traders, hotel owners and entrepreneurs, Indonesians expressed what was once unthinkable: nostalgia for the economic stability of his U.S.-backed authoritarian regime.
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August 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The youngest son of former Indonesian dictator Suharto denied misusing government subsidies to enrich himself in the trade of cloves for the cigarette industry. He was questioned for seven hours by the attorney general's office. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra was appointed by his father in the 1990s to oversee the Clove Buffering and Marketing Board, which was supposed to protect the interests of poor farmers. In 1992, the board received about $18.4 million from state banks.
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