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Indonesia Questions Suharto’s Son

May 28, 1999

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ A son of former Indonesian President Suharto was questioned extensively Friday by the attorney general’s office in connection with allegations his father corruptly accumulated a fortune in office.

Bambang Trihatmodjo, Suharto’s second son, was accompanied by Juan Felix Tanmpubolon, chief lawyer for the former first family.

Time magazine’s Asian edition last week reported Suharto and his family amassed a $15 billion fortune during his 32 years in power. He resigned a year ago amid protests against his rule.

Time also said the family recently transferred $9 billion from Switzerland to an account in Austria. Bambang was reported to own a $8 million penthouse in Singapore and a $12 million mansion in Los Angeles.

The interrogation came a day after Suharto authorized state investigators to search for and seize any funds they find that he stashed in foreign bank accounts.

Attorney General Andi Muhammad Ghalib and Justice Minister Muladi, accompanied by three banking officials, were to leave Sunday for Switzerland and Austria to check the allegations.

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