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Indonesia Parliament Building Shot

March 13, 2000

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ A bullet was fired through a window of Indonesia’s parliament building Monday as lawmakers questioned a son of former authoritarian President Suharto.

No one was injured in what House Speaker Akbar Tanjung called ``political terror against legislators.″

Suharto’s youngest son, Hutomo ``Tommy″ Mandalaputra, was being questioned by a commission dealing with agricultural affairs in connection with allegations of fraud regarding about $404 million in clove farmers’ funds.

Tommy once controlled Indonesia’s clove trade under the Clove Marketing Board set up by his father in 1991. The monopoly was abolished in 1998 as part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

The agency was criticized for squeezing farmers by paying low prices while setting high prices for buyers.

Suharto, who like many Indonesians uses only one name, ruled Indonesia for 32 years until being ousted in May 1998, after a wave of riots and pro-democracy protests.

Bachtiar Chamsjah, who chaired the commission, called the gunfire intimidation.

``We were aware of the consequences of summoning Tommy,″ Chamsjah said without elaborating.

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