Indonesia court orders settlement talks in civil corruption lawsuit against Suharto Michael Sung at 12:07 PM ET
[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Thursday ordered lawyers for the government and former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto [CNN profile] to attempt mediation for 30 days to settle the government's civil lawsuit [JURIST report] against Suharto for allegedly embezzling $440 million between 1974 and 1998 from the Yayasan Supersemar, a state-funded academic scholar fund. Indonesian law requires that parties try mediation to resolve civil disputes before courts may proceed with a case. The lawsuit, which seeks to recover the $440 million and an additional $1.1 billion in damages, represents the latest effort by the Indonesian government to hold Suharto accountable for his 32-year reign, which ended in 1998 after public discontent amid the Asian financial crisis erupted into violent protests.
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