Jul 8, 2014

Murder, human rights abuse and kidnapping: WikiLeaks cables reveal Prabowo’s brutal past

Prabowo Subianto could end up as Indonesia's president by the end of the week. Crikey intern Paul Millar trawls through diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and finds distressing allegations.

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“To say that Prabowo has a controversial reputation is an understatement.”

So reads a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. The retired Indonesian general and disgraced special forces commander may become one of Australia’s most important allies in the Asia-Pacific region if he defeats Jakartan governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in tomorrow’s presidential poll. While the latest Roy Morgan poll shows Jokowi clutching to a narrow lead of 52-48, Prabowo’s meteoric surge of support over the last two months could be enough to make him the leader of the world’s third-largest democracy.

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2 thoughts on “Murder, human rights abuse and kidnapping: WikiLeaks cables reveal Prabowo’s brutal past

  1. Dennis Bauer

    Him and Tony should get along like a house/boat on fire

  2. AR

    Schamocracy – does anyone with double digit IQ rilly, trooly believe the poll will be clean, fair and ..umm.. wot’s the word..? oh, yeh FREE expression of democracy? Kinda sorta like Sept 7th last year?
    I wouldn’t wish this cold blooded killer on the Indonesians but I would love to see Abbott try to deal with him.

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