Reports that President Megawati Sukarnoputri is considering dropping all charges against former president Suharto have been labelled a 'shocking revelation' and prompted fresh calls by legislators to at least reclaim the fortune allegedly stolen by Suharto. Chief Security Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said after a meeting with Ms Megawati late on Thursday that 'there's some good and bad in everyone', as he explained the President's consideration of what would be appropriate action. Suharto, 80, remains in intensive care after being taken to hospital on Monday with pneumonia. Doctors said he was in a critical condition. The country's highest courts have already ruled that the corruption charges against Suharto - referring to just US$550 million (HK$4.3 billion) of his alleged US$15 billion fortune - cannot be pursued in court because he is too ill. Ms Megawati seems to want to go a step further and erase the stain on the presidential name by technically 'abolishing' the charges. Mr Susilo said she had told ministers: 'The Indonesian people must treat their leaders, including former president Suharto, in a proper manner.' The Jakarta Post called news of the discussion a 'shocking revelation', an intervention in the legal process and 'extremely controversial'. When the trial attempts began, under former president Abdurrahman Wahid, Mr Wahid had said he would pardon Suharto if he was found guilty out of respect for the presidency as an institution. But public opinion has been less lenient. Initial outrage has led to bitter cynicism in reformist circles as Suharto failed to appear at his trial and avoided prosecution on the grounds of ill health. If she did cancel the charges, Ms Megawati and her businessman husband Taufik Kiemas know they can expect an easier ride from members and allies of the powerful Suharto clan. Legal expert Abdul Hakim Garuda Nusantara said that apart from corruption, Suharto faced claims of human rights abuses and should be tried in absentia.