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Suharto's body on display in Jakarta

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Suharto's body on display in Jakarta


The President of Indonesia has paid his respects at the coffin of the former leader Suharto, who has died at the age of 86. Officials say the former president died of multiple organ failure after being hospitalised in Jakarta three weeks ago.

Suharto’s legacy of boosting economic development was marred by accusations of corruption and human rights abuses during his 32 years in office. The head of a group of NGOs that fight for victims rights says past abuses have to be addressed. Usman Hamid said: “There are many people, thousands of people, who lost their parents, who lost their fathers, their mothers, their sons, and I think they need justice.”

Suharto’s body is to be taken to Java’s royal city of Solo on Monday for a funeral at the family’s mausoleum.

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