Pardon Soeharto, urges PKS chief

Posted on January 22, 2008. Filed under: News | Tags: |

Politicians are stepping up their attempts to spare former president Soeharto from sitting trial for corruption and human rights crime allegations dating back to his 32 years in power.

The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), known for an anti-corruption campaign that has helped it join the ranks of the country’s major political players, announced Monday that it was officially requesting Indonesia forgive the former dictator for the sake of national reconciliation.

“For the PKS the substance of the initiative is reconciliation that will free this nation from past burdens which otherwise will disrupt its passage to a better future,” Mahfudz Siddik, chairman of the party’s faction at the House Representatives, told a press conference.

The party says that Soeharto, regardless of his mistakes, is one of the country’s great leaders. (more…)


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