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Suharto charged – May not stand trial

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Indonesia’s attorney general announced charges of corruption against former President Suharto today for the ex-dictator’s alleged theft of $157 million from seven charitable foundations during his 32-year rule, the Washington Post reported July 26.

Officials in the attorney general’s office told the Post they expect Suharto to be formally indicted next month.

It is not clear, however, whether the former president will actually go to trial. His attorneys say he is unfit to stand trial after suffering two strokes.

Even if tried and convicted, it is almost certain Suharto will never go to prison. President Abdurrahman Wahid has promised to pardon him if he apologizes and returns the money he is accused of stealing.

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