JAKARTA - An Indonesian court on Tuesday resumed hearings in a civil corruption case against late former president Suharto with a ruling that his offspring have to defend in the graft case. The government is seeking 1.4 billion dollars in assets and damages from Suharto, 86, who died on January 27, and the Supersemar Foundation, a charity he previously chaired.
The case - part of a renewed effort by the government to bring the former dictator to justice - alleges Suharto oversaw the misallocation of money intended for student scholarships. Chief Judge Wahjono of the South Jakarta district court on Tuesday ordered summons to be served on all Suharto's six children as defendants so that the graft case could resume. Under Indonesian law, a defendant in a civil case can be replaced by his heirs if he dies.