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Ex-President Suharto Hospitalized

June 12, 2001

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ Indonesia’s former President Suharto was admitted to a Jakarta hospital on Tuesday after he collapsed at his home, apparently from complications related to an earlier series of strokes, physicians said.

The doctors, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 80-year-old Suharto appeared to have been affected by a relapse of several ailments. The former dictator was undergoing tests at the state-run Pertamina Hospital.

Officials released no details about his condition.

Security officers told The Associated Press that Suharto had collapsed after lunch. State news agency Antara reported that Suharto had an ``attack″ but did not elaborate.

Suharto was brought to the hospital by two of his six children, his middle son Bambang and youngest daughter Mami, said Tuti Dwi Patmayanti, a hospital spokeswoman.

Suharto, who has had several strokes in recent years, has been treated regularly at Pertamina Hospital. He celebrated his 80th birthday on Friday.

An army general, Suharto drove out Indonesia’s founding President Sukarno in 1966 and ruled with an iron fist until being ousted from office in 1998 amid riots and protests.

President Abdurrahman Wahid became the nation’s first democratically chosen leader in 1999.

Since his downfall, Suharto has evaded prosecution on charges of corruption and human rights abuses, despite continuing attempts by Wahid’s government to try him.

Last year, judges dismissed a $600 million corruption case against Suharto after doctors testified that the strokes had damaged his brain and left him unfit to face prosecution.

Since then, Suharto has spent most of his time in seclusion at home, where his aides say he spends his days reading newspapers and watching television.

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