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Doctor: Suharto unfit to stand trial JAKARTA - Indonesia's former strongman Soeharto is suffering from permanent brain damage and cannot have a logical conversation, a presidential doctor said yesterday, amid renewed efforts to have him stand trial on corruption charges. "We are ready to re-examine him, but nothing can be done," said the physician, Brigadier General Dr Marjo Subiandono. "He has two permanent cerebral defects."

Soeharto, who turns 85 in June, has suffered a number of health problems including two strokes since he was forced to resign in 1998 amid violent protests against his 32-year rule. After his downfall, he was indicted for allegedly embezzling $US600 million of state funds, but the charges were thrown out in 2000 after doctors deemed him unfit to stand trial.

Attorney-General Abdul Rachman Saleh said this week a team of 20 doctors would be asked to re-examine Soeharto to see if his health has improved - a move that could pave the way for him to face a court. Though he has kept a low profile since his ouster, he is occasionally seen chatting quietly with family members or visiting officials in his compound in the capital's upscale Menteng district.

Subiandono said Soeharto's physical condition may be good, but he is still unable to have a "straight logical conversation".


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