A DICTATOR STANDS UP FOR HIS GOOD NAMENow, here is a guy who helped kill people, too:
A panel of three Indonesian Supreme Court judges has ordered Time magazine to pay $106 million for defaming the country's former dictator, Suharto, and Time's lawyers have vowed to fight the award in the name of press freedom. Time's Asian edition asserted in a May 1999 cover story that after four months of reporting in 11 countries, it had discovered that Suharto had secreted away more than $15 billion in European banks before he left office in 1998. The former dictator tried to sue Time in several Indonesian courts without success until the latest panel, which includes a retired general who rose quickly through the ranks during Suharto's reign, ruled in his favor. Attempts to bring Suharto to court for corruption and human rights abuses, meanwhile, have failed, with one judge ruling in 2000 he was too ill to stand trial.
"...a CIA study of the events in Indonesia assessed that 'In terms of the numbers killed the...massacres in Indonesia rank as one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century'..."
But he gets a good lawyer, and sues for defamation. So, lesson learned: Even dictators have legal rights to clear their good names in court.