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Indonesia presidential candidate Prabowo removed from Australia visa black list

Published on Jul 8, 2014 12:25 PM
 
In this file photograp taken on June 22, 2014, Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto salutes supporters during campaign rally in Jakarta. Australia has removed the name of Prabowo Subianto, one of Indonesia's most controversial Suharto-era generals from a visa black list, in case he wins Wednesday's presidential election, an Australian newspaper reported. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY - Australia has removed the name of Prabowo Subianto, one of Indonesia's most controversial Suharto-era generals from a visa black list, in case he wins Wednesday's presidential election, an Australian newspaper reported.

Mr Prabowo, who was married to a daughter of Suharto, has returned from a period of ignominy and exile to make a spectacular entry into democratic politics.

In recent weeks he has drawn neck-and-neck with his rival, Joko Widodo, despite persistent allegations of discipline violations and human rights abuses during his time in the military, including while commanding special forces in East Timor in the 1980s and heading the Kostrad strategic command in Jakarta at the time of his father-in-law's downfall in 1998.

Mr Prabowo has admitted to abducting 23 student activists in Jakarta in the dying days of the Suharto regime, while denying all knowledge of why 13 of those activists have never resurfaced.

 
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