Suharto balks again – Probe faces another delay

Former President Suharto once again sidestepped questioning Monday by a team of Indonesian investigators conducting a corruption probe into the alleged misuse of funds in several charitable foundations, Reuters reports.

Doctors said the ousted 78-year-old autocrat was too ill and could suffer a stroke.

The independent team of doctors is acting for the Attorney General’s office, which last month decided Suharto was well enough to face questioning.

Suharto has been declared a suspect in the probe into the charities, which he formerly controlled.

Monday’s visit by six investigators from the Attorney General’s office followed by questioning last week at Suharto’s house, where he was grilled for 90 minutes before doctors stopped the grilling because his blood pressure had increased.

That session was held after the former leader failed to show up when officially summoned twice by investigators. His lawyers cited his poor health.

Student-led protests against Suharto’s 32-year regime triggered his resignation in 1998 amid the country’s worst economic and political crisis in decades.

Last week, Riot police once again blocked the roads leading to Suharto’s house in as the latest of several demonstrations denounced the former president for corruption.

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