He was pleased to see me.
So much so that Suharto
, or Soeharto
if you prefer, was able to leave hospital a couple of hours later.
Whoops, sorry. The above photograph was taken on 28th December 2001. This one was yesterday.
Not everyone was happy yesterday. It is now seven years since the demonstrations and riots, following the abductions of activists and the killing of students by snipers. Their parents are still fighting for justice.
Lasmiati, the mother of Hery Hartanto - one of the four students killed in front of their campus on Jl. S. Parman on May 12, 1998, complained
that four presidents had taken office since Soeharto stepped down, but there were still no signs that the truth behind the killings would be disclosed.
The director of gross human rights violations cases at the Attorney General's Office (AGO), I Ketut Murtika, said
that the office was willing to resolve the case if there was enough evidence."Unfortunately, there isn't. The witnesses' testimony is not valid because it is only based on what they heard, not saw. It is also difficult to find people with expertise in human rights who can testify."Murtika added that there was no clear regulation that could force military commanders to be responsible for their subordinate's wrongdoing.
Some argue that Suharto should be allowed to die in peace
. Not all agree.Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) legislator Permadi, who was a political prisoner under Suharto, said he could forgive the former president and held no grudge against him. But he said that was no reason to stop the legal process against Suharto.
He said it would be 'unjust' if all of Suharto's mistakes were forgiven merely because had fallen ill, as he had not returned any of his ill-gotten wealth to the country.
Permadi said he would not visit Suharto because he felt afraid to do so.