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Indonesia presidential candidate Prabowo hit by human rights accusations

Published on Jun 19, 2014 6:32 PM
 
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto faced fresh accusations of criminal behaviour on Thursday, June 19, 2014, after his former boss released details of a military council's findings that led to his discharge from the armed forces nearly 16 years ago. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto faced fresh accusations of criminal behaviour on Thursday after his former boss released details of a military council's findings that led to his discharge from the armed forces nearly 16 years ago.

Opinion polls suggest that Mr Prabowo has been closing in on the front-runner ahead of the July 9 presidential election.

But his campaign has been repeatedly dogged by accusations of widespread human rights abuses during his days as a top general, in particular during unrest that brought down his former father-in-law and long-serving autocrat Suharto in 1998.

The latest accusations were detailed at a news conference by Mr Suharto's last armed forces chief, Wiranto, who now heads a small political party which is backing Mr Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the man polls predict should win the two-man race for the presidency.

 
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