President: stop all kinds of polemics on Soeharto`s legal status
"Let`s stop the polemics, debate, issuing controversial opinions at the present time," the head of state said at a press conference at his residence.
With regard to the civil lawsuit against Soeharto, Yudhoyono admitted that the latest development indicated there had been a public debate which eventually triggered pros and cons in many forms.
"Actually I remain seeing the time to raise this not something proper under the present condition of Soeharto who is suffering a serious illness," he said.
The president denied the comments depicting moments wheres it was the government`s initiative to settle the civil case of former President Soeharto.
The government opined that the issue was not a priority in the past few days. The head of state reaffirmed there was a great intention of the government to pursue it properly.
"However the government wants the proper moment to settle the civil case in a good manner through legal mechanism," he said, adding that the best way to settle the case should be found.
Ex-political detainee forgives Soeharto
A former political detainee charged with humiliating Soeharto during
the latter`s rule in 1993, Munasir Huda, forgives the former New Order
leader who is now being hospitalized in Jakarta.
Habibie calls on ICMI to support termination of legal process against Soeharto
Former chairman of the Muslim Intellectuals` Association (ICMI) BJ
Habibe who is also former president, called on all ICMI members and
national leaders to support the termination of the legal process
against former president Soeharto.
No pardon for Soeharto without legal process: Former activist
Secretary general of the National Network Andi Arif said there was no
leader in the country who had the right to ask for a pardon for former
president Soeharto without a legal process.