Looming Large

It's hard to say no to Taufik Kiemas. That much a senior executive from Indonesia's largest foreign investor, U.S. mining giant Freeport McMoRan, knew when he accompanied President Megawati Sukarnoputri's controversial husband to the company's mine site last September. Freeport officials were aware that Taufik had been asking about a chunk of shares in the company's Indonesian operations previously held by Mohamad ("Bob") Hasan, a confidant of former President Suharto. Indeed, the issue of the shares came up soon after the Freeport executive boarded the presidential C-130 aircraft carrying Taufik and a 40-member entourage. With Hasan serving a lengthy jail sentence...

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