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My foes will pay the price, warns defiant Abdurrahman

Associated Press - August 4, 2001 (abridged)

Jakarta – Ousted president Abdurrahman Wahid returned to Indonesia yesterday after medical tests in the United States, insisting those who pushed him from power last month would eventually face the consequences of breaching the nation's Constitution.

Despite hopes by his supporters that a large crowd would be on hand, only a small number of well-wishers and relatives gathered to welcome the frail, nearly blind former leader at Jakarta's international airport. About 50 security guards from his Islamic organisation stood watch.

"Those who have violated the Constitution must come face to face with the people," said Mr Abdurrahman. The former president plans to reinvent himself as a human-rights campaigner and will set up a foundation at his home in south Jakarta to monitor rights abuses and attacks on democracy. After his arrival, he prayed with 200 supporters at a mosque next to his home.