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Security Tightens Around Suharto Graft Trial in Indonesia

HeadlineAug 30, 2000

Meanwhile, this news from Jakarta. Indonesia will clamp tight security around the venue of former dictator Suharto’s trial on graft charges tomorrow, as students say they will ignore calls not to protest against the dictator. Jakarta police spokesman told Reuters that some 1,200 police would ring the site of the landmark trial. Suharto will be tried at the government complex in the city’s south, instead of a standard courtroom, because of space and security. He has been charged with corruption and could face up to life in jail for the suspected misuse of up to half a billion dollars from seven charities he controlled while in power. Meanwhile, activists in Indonesia and the people of East Timor are calling on him to be tried for crimes against humanity.

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