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Suharto probe should end before election, says Habibie.

JAKARTA, Dec. 30 Kyodo Indonesian President B.J. Habibie hopes the investigation into former President Suharto's alleged practices of corruption during his 32 years in office should be completed before the June 7 general election for the House of Representatives, Information Minister Muhammad Yunus Yosfiah said Wednesday. ''He (Habibie) stressed his hope that the investigation into former President Suharto can be completed before the general election,'' the minister said after a cabinet meeting. A team of the Attorney General's Office is currently conducting investigations into Suharto and his fortune, including his deposits totaling 23 billion rupiahs (about 3 million U.S. dollars) in two commercial banks and three state banks. Suharto has said all the money was obtained legally, saying it came from his pay, travel allowances and rent from two houses he owned. The investigation has also focused on seven charitable foundations Suharto chaired in a private capacity while he was president. The foundations, officially under state control since last month, have an estimated combined value of 4.1 trillion rupiah.
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Publication:Asian Political News
Date:Jan 4, 1999
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