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Indonesia appeals court upholds AG decision to drop case against ex-president Suharto

[JURIST] The Jakarta Court of Appeal has ruled that Indonesian Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh was correct to drop a corruption case against former President Suharto [CNN profile], citing Suharto's inability to speak or write due to permanent brain damage [JURIST report]. Saleh appealed a lower court ruling [JURIST report] in a lawsuit filed by several human rights groups [JURIST report]. The appeals court ruling upholding the case's closure was issued August 1 but was not made public until Wednesday.

Suharto, ousted from power in 1998 amid violent protests against his three-decade dictatorship of Indonesia [JURIST news archive], was charged with misusing more than half a billion US dollars, including money from charitable foundations that he established. Saleh dropped charges against Suharto [JURIST report] in April. AFP has more. The Jakarta Post has local coverage.

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