Indonesia drops corruption charges against former dictator

[JURIST] As expected [JURIST report], corruption charges against former Indonesian dictator General Suharto [BBC profile] were dropped Friday after a court determined last month that Suharto was unfit to stand trial [JURIST report]. Suharto was ousted from power after 32 years in 1998 amid violent protests against his three-decade dictatorship that used security forces to stifle dissent and allegedly embezzled billions [BBC report] of government dollars.

The 84-year-old Suharto is frail after multiple strokes and recent colon surgery which may have influenced the decision by Indonesia's president to allow the charges to be dropped despite strong public opposition. AP has more.

 

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