10 December, 2000
MEDIA RELEASE: Overseas Investment Commission urged to freeze sale of Lilybank Lodge because of Suharto links.
The Indonesia Human Rights Committee is urging the Overseas Investment Commission and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to
hold off on approval of a proposed sale to "United States interests" of the South Island Lilybank Lodge - since 1992 a
hideaway for the playboy son of Indonesia's former dictator. Tommy Suharto is right now a fugitive from justice having
been convicted and sentenced to jail for corruption charges, and at least two of his plush Jakarta homes have been
" We owe it to the Indonesian people to ensure that this sale is not going to let a criminal benefit from the proceeds
of crime. There is good reason to suspect that Tommy Suharto is still the real owner of Lilybank despite a questionable
sale last year. "
" Tommy "sold" it to his close business partner Alan Poh for the sum of $1-00, but the New Zealand Company records still
show Tommy Suharto as owning 95% of the shares of the Lilybank holding company, Buckcorp."
"The OIC must not approve any further sale while there is a major doubt about the extent of Tommy Suharto's real
interest in the property."
" The Indonesian Attorney General, Mr Marzuki Darusman, has already seized two of Tommy Suharto's luxury homes (and
announced an intention to seize 22 more properties) to hold as collateral against the compensation he has been ordered
to pay by the Supreme Court, for a US$11 million land scam."
" Mr Darusman has signalled his interest in Suharto family assets in New Zealand in discussions with Foreign Affairs
Minister Phil Goff and with free trade campaigner Aziz Choudry. "
"The sale of Lilybank should be frozen to give opportunity for the Indonesian government to formally request its seizure
as a property required for compensation to the people who have suffered as the result of Tommy Suharto's corrupt
"The Suharto family has enriched itself at the expense of the Indonesian state and the Indonesian people, to the scale
of $US15 billion (sic) according to "Time Magazine." New Zealand must do everything possible to repatriate assets held
"We have a "Proceeds of Crime Act". It should surely apply to those who have stolen so massively from an entire
for further information: Maire Leadbeater 09-376-9098 or cell 025-436-957 .