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After Suharto

Suharto's death means he will never be held to account for his crimes. But the Indonesian courts could still act to weaken his legacy of cronyism and corruption

By Phil Zabriskie   February 2008

In the weeks leading up to Suharto’s death on 27th January, a parade of Indonesian leaders, including President Susilo Yudhoyono, visited his bedside, showing that the man who ruled Indonesia for 32 years maintained a spectral power over the nation until the end. People wept openly when he died, and Yudhoyono declared a week of national mourning. There was adulation, perhaps some forgiveness. There will never be, however, a reckoning. Suharto will be judged in the hearts and minds of men and women, and in history books, but he will never face accusers in a court of law. His successors…

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