- The Washington Times - Friday, December 14, 2001

Chief justice wants Suharto's son jailed
JAKARTA, Indonesia Tommy Suharto, the son of Indonesia's former dictator, should be jailed for 11 months the time he spent on the run before a court annulled a conviction against him for graft, the country's chief justice said yesterday.
Bagir Manan, the head of Indonesia's Supreme Court, said he sent a letter to state prosecutors on Tuesday. "Tommy must go to jail," Justice Manan said. "All other cases are treated in the same manner. A convict must serve his sentence, but Tommy ran away."
The younger Suharto fled from justice in November last year, after he was sentenced to 18 months in jail for his role in a land scam that cost the state the equivalent of $11 million.
Eight months later, the Supreme Court judge who convicted Mr. Suharto, Safiuddin Kartasasmita, was slain by two gunmen who later claimed Mr. Suharto had paid them to do the job. The annulment of charges three months after the judge's death led to accusations that Mr. Suharto's powerful family had bribed and intimidated the court.

Seoul backs U.S. bid for new base housing
SEOUL The South Korean Defense Ministry yesterday backed a U.S. military plan to build new housing at Yongsan Military Reservation in downtown Seoul.
The plan to build 1,000 new apartments at the base, headquarters of the U.S. 8th Army, has drawn strong protests from activists who want the base moved elsewhere.
South Korean civic groups have held rallies to protest the American plan, which they say shows the United States does not intend to move the base as had been promised in a 10-year-old agreement. U.S. military authorities say the facilities at Yongsan are "old and substandard" and need to be replaced.

Chinese village chief jailed over protest
BEIJING A village chief in east China was jailed after leading a group of 57 elected local officials who resigned in protest over an overbearing Communist Party official, officials and reports said yesterday.
"Sun Xuede was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for the crime of attacking state offices and embezzlement early this month," said an official with Qixia city, Shandong province.
The official refused further comment but confirmed that Mr. Sun once had been an elected village leader in a rural area under Qixia city jurisdiction.
Mr. Sun and the 57 elected village committee members from three villages resigned this spring to protest curbs on the committees by the local Communist Party secretary, said VIP Reference News, an overseas Chinese dissident daily.

Weekly notes
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa announced yesterday that he would seek a second five-year term of office next year after receiving the blessing of Beijing. The communist regime handpicked the former shipping magnate to run Hong Kong after its reversion from British colonial rule in 1997. … Lien Chan, chairman of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang [Nationalist Party] is to visit Japan starting tomorrow. "This will be the first visit to Japan by an incumbent KMT chairman" since the Nationalists fled to the island from China at the end of a civil war in 1949, a party spokeswoman told Agence France-Presse. "It's because all previous party chairmen were also presidents" of Taiwan, she explained.


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