Bring Me the Checkbook of President Suharto

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You may have already won $40 billion, if you’re Indonesia’s new government. Attorney General Sudjono Atmonegoro today launched an official investigation into irregularities in the fortune amassed by ex-president Suharto’s family during the strongman’s 32-year kleptocracy. “This probe is designed to calm the public clamor for the seizure of Suharto’s wealth,” says TIME correspondent William Dowell. “It also allows President Habibie to assert his independence from his former mentor. Most importantly, though, it sends a message to the family -- they’d better start making plans to leave.” The Suhartos may want to find out whether Mobutu’s mansion in the south of France is still on the market.