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Suharto Probe May End in 2 Months

August 17, 1998

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ An investigation into allegations that Indonesia’s ex-President Suharto amassed a fortune during his 32 years in power will be completed within two months, Attorney General Andi Muhammad Ghalib said Monday.

Ghalib told reporters that his office had conducted about 70 percent of the investigation, the official Antara news agency said.

``I think we can finish the job in another two months, I hope,″ he said.

Some critics have alleged that the former leader and his family made billions of dollars from abusing their position and power.

Suharto has denied this along with allegations that he used a string of charitable foundations to make money for himself.

Suharto resigned in May after Indonesia’s worst economic crisis in years triggered riots and protests against his authoritarian regime.

President B.J. Habibie, a longtime friend of Suharto who succeeded him as head of state, ordered the inquiry and has said that the ex-leader would be held accountable under the law if any wrongdoing was uncovered.

Several weeks ago officials of the attorney general’s office said Suharto had promised to cooperate with their inquiries.

Suharto, 77, has rarely been seen in public since his departure from office.

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