Former Indonesian strongman Suharto hospitalized
( dpa ) - Former Indonesian president Suharto was hospitalized on Friday, with doctors saying his condition appeared to be weak.
"We need to perform a complete general checkup, so he will remain overnight in the hospital," said Dr Mardjo Soebiandono, head of the team of doctors attending the former strongman. He said Suharto remained conscious but seemed to be weak.
The Elshinta radio station said Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had told doctors Friday to provide Suharto with the best treatment available.
The 86-year-old former president checked in to a private hospital in South Jakarta on Friday afternoon.
"If it's not serious, of course he wouldn't be hospitalized," Suharto's lawyer Juan Felix Tampubolon said.
Suharto, who resigned in disgrace in 1998 amid pro-democracy street demonstrations, faced numerous allegations of human rights abuses and corruption during his more than two decades of rule, but in May 2006 prosecutors closed a criminal case against him, citing his deteriorating health.