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Suharto tops corruption rankings

BBC NEWS Last Updated: Thursday, 25 March, 2004, 17:23 GMT Suharto tops corruption rankings Former President Suharto of Indonesia tops the all-time corruption league table, an anti-graft group says. Transparency International(TI), in its Global Corruption Report, uses the list to show how political corruption and private bribery hurt development. Suharto's alleged haul of $15-$35bn in 31 years of rule, TI said, demonstrated how abuse of power "undermines the hopes... of developing countries". Close behind is Zaire's Mobutu Sese Seko, who allegedly looted $5bn. His haul, said TI, was particularly high in a country with an average GDP of just $100 a person. It amounted to 40% of the $12bn in aid Zaire - now the Democratic Republic of Congo - received during his 32-year rule. "The abuse of political power for private gain deprives the most needy of vital public services, creating a level of despair that breeds conflict and violence," said TI's founde