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PostSubject: Military Dictator, murderer and Fraudster dead   Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:50 am

Suharto --- former Military dictator and murderer of more than a million Indonesia DEAD

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PostSubject: Suharto buried in state funeral   Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:44 am

Suharto buried in state funeral


Suharto's flag-covered coffin was flown to Solo for the funeral

Former Indonesian President Suharto, who died on Sunday at the age of 86, has been buried in a
state funeral.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono oversaw the ceremony at the Suharto family mausoleum near
the city of Solo.

Suharto, who ruled Indonesia for more than three decades, was credited with leading his country
from poverty to relative development.

But he was dogged by allegations of corruption, political repression and serious human rights abuses.

Hundreds of thousands of suspected communists were killed as he rose to power in the 1960s.

He was ousted by mass protests in 1998 and in recent years suffered from poor health -
one of the reasons why he never faced trial.

Leader's tribute

Early on Monday, the former leader's body was flown from the capital, Jakarta, to Solo in central
Java.

Soldiers carried his flagged-draped coffin from his residence to a white hearse.

Thousands of people lined streets in both cities to watch the funeral procession pass by.

Mr Yudhoyono began the ceremony at the Suharto family mausoleum, north-east of Solo,
just after noon (0500GMT).

"We offer his body and his deeds to the motherland," he said. "His service is an example to us."

Prayers were said and mourners threw flower petals into Suharto's grave.

The former president was laid to rest next to his wife Tien, who died in 1996.

Leaders from around the region attended the ceremony, including Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao of
East Timor, which was annexed and occupied under Suharto before gaining independence in 2002.

Hitler jibe

Suharto was rushed to hospital on 4 January suffering from various heart, lung and kidney problems.

On Sunday he slipped into a coma and died at 1310 (0610 GMT), surrounded by his six children.

Reaction to his death has reflected his mixed legacy, correspondents say.

The US ambassador to Jakarta, Cameron Hume, hailed Suharto as a "historic figure" who "achieved
remarkable economic development", while adding that there "may be some controversy over his
legacy".

Malaysia's former leader, Mahathir Mohamad, said he had regarded Suharto as "a great leader and ...
an international statesman", a friend of Malaysia and a personal friend.

But for political opponents, his death meant a missed opportunity to put him on trial.

"His death is a tragedy for all the victims of his crimes, they will never get justice," said Budiman
Sudjatmiko, who was jailed as a student activist.

"He is a perfect criminal - he can be put up there with Pol Pot and Hitler."

Brad Adams, Asia director of the New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch, said Suharto had
"gotten away with murder - another dictator who's lived out his life in luxury and escaped justice".


Suharto ruled Indonesia with an iron fist for three decades

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PostSubject: MB   Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:26 pm

That why they so well behaved ...
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PostSubject: Re: Military Dictator, murderer and Fraudster dead   Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:54 am

Former Labor Party Prime Minister Paul Keating, who attended the funeral with Attorney General Robert McClelland, told the Australian that he warmly remembered Suharto as an old friend. He dismissed the attention given to Suharto’s record on human rights and corruption as “missing the point”, adding as an aside that “the only point where that’s an issue is on [East] Timor and on the PKI.” If Suharto had not been president, Keating declared, “We [Australia] wouldn’t have been spending 2 percent of GDP on defence—it would have been more like 8 or 9 percent.”
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PostSubject: Re: Military Dictator, murderer and Fraudster dead   Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:08 am

21 Nov 1997 00:00
SUHARTO TO GET TOP HONOURVISITING Indonesian President, Mohamed Suharto, is to receive South Africa's highest honour, the Order of Good Hope, at a special ceremony at President Nelson Mandela's residence this weekend. The award-ceremony will be Suharto's last stop in South Africa before he leaves for Cananda on Saturday. Last month the award was given to another notorious international figure, Libya's Muammar Gaddaffi.

http://www.mg.co.za/articledirect.aspx?articleid=211977&area=%2farchives%2farchives__online_edition%2f
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