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#61558 - 19 Sep 07 16:28 UN: Suharto Worst Crook
kenyeung Moderator Offline
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UN claims Suharto worst political crook

Tuesday 18th September, 2007

Indonesia's former president Suharto is at the top of a list of the world's political leaders accused of stealing state assets.

The United Nations and the World Bank have released a list of high earning political leaders who have been accused of corruption and stealing from the people.

Suharto tops the list with an estimated US$42 billion.

The list is part of the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative, which is aimed at giving authority to the UN to fight global corruption.

Only a week ago, Indonesia's Supreme Court ordered Time magazine to pay US$129 million in damages to the former president for an article accusing him and his family of amassing billions of dollars during his years in power.

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UN claims on Suharto corruption baseless, says his lawyer
Sep 19, 2007, 6:11 GMT

Jakarta - A lawyer for former Indonesian president Suharto expressed surprise over United Nations claims that branded the ex-dictator as the world's worst political crook, local media reports said Wednesday.

'That was a bizarre matter,' detik.com online news service quoted Mohammad Assegaf, one of Suharto's defence lawyers, as saying. 'There was no legal ground alleging Suharto as the world's top corrupt leader.'

He was referring to a planned court hearing on a civil suit filed by state prosecutors against Suharto, in which the government is seeking the return of 1.5 billion dollars in damage and funds allegedly stolen from the state during his three decades in power.

The United Nations and the World Bank on Monday placed former dictator Suharto at the top of a list of the world's highest-earning political leaders accused of stealing state assets.

The UN and the World Bank launched a broad new effort to help developing nations recover a cross-border flow of global assets estimated at up to 1.6 trillion dollar a year as a result of criminal activities, corruption and tax evasion.

The Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative is supported by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Bank, and is aimed at giving authority to the UN to fight global corruption.

Suharto, 86, tops the list of embezzlers with an estimated 15-35 billion dollars, followed by former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos, former president of Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Mobutu Sese Seko, and Sani Abacha of Nigeria.

The UN and World Bank listing comes only a week after Indonesia's Supreme Court ordered Time magazine to pay 106 million dollars in damages to the former dictator for defaming him in a 1999 article, accusing Suharto and his relatives of amassing billions of dollars during his regime.

Time's defence attorney Todung Mulya Lubis said the UN and the World Bank report could be used by Time as new evidence to back up its call for a judicial review, in an attempt to overturn the ruling.

Under Indonesian law, the only legal avenue open to Time now would be to file a request for a judicial review, for which new evidence or a procedural dispute needs to be claimed.


© 2007 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur


Edited by kenyeung (19 Sep 07 16:29)

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#61562 - 19 Sep 07 16:56 Re: UN: Suharto Worst Crook [Re: kenyeung]
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Quoting: kenyeung
'There was no legal ground alleging Suharto as the world's top corrupt leader.'

now that's a relief!
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#61563 - 19 Sep 07 18:02 Re: UN: Suharto Worst Crook [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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And SBY will be on the case, according to deplu (in detik report below). And no doubt there'll be the usual "but the World Bank threw money at Suharto, knowing he was embezzling at least 30% of it".

The detik report indicates that the World Bank/UN data came from Transparency International. Couldn't believe that, but looked at the full WB/UN report and it's true. Lazy mutherfuckers.

Country-level estimates linked to the names of specific rulers are obtained from Transparency International, which has compiled the data from various sources.6

6. See Transparency Internationalís 2004 Global Corruption Report, chapter 1, p. 13. Introduction available at http://www.transparency.org/publications/gcr/download_gcr/download_gcr_2004




Full report at http://siteresources.worldbank.org/NEWS/Resources/Star-rep-full.pdf


Edited by kenyeung (19 Sep 07 18:05)

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#61566 - 19 Sep 07 21:37 Re: UN: Suharto Worst Crook [Re: kenyeung]
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This must be the same WB program I mentioned a few days ago in another thread. Great news that they are taking Suharto to task. From the tone of that original article I figured they would be giving him yet another pass.

ONE major truism in that second article:
When an Indon corruption suspect (or his lawyer) says the allegations are "baseless", then you know without any doubt whatsoever, that the allegations are 100% spot on the friggin' mark.
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#61600 - 20 Sep 07 12:36 Re: UN: Suharto Worst Crook [Re: kenyeung]
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Quoting: kenyeung

'That was a bizarre matter,' detik.com online news service quoted Mohammad Assegaf, one of Suharto's defence lawyers, as saying. 'There was no legal ground alleging Suharto as the world's top corrupt leader.'


Wtf he said 'bizzarre matter' what bizarre is that someone can give a comment like this. Lawyers, full of shite!!!!
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