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UPDATE 1-Indonesia's Bakries say phones, emails hacked

* Bakries say have reported hacking to police

* News comes a day ahead of Bumi Plc board meeting

* Board to discuss probe into potential irregularities

(Updates with background, detail)

By Clara Ferreira-Marques and Janeman Latul

LONDON/SINGAPORE, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Telephones and emailaccounts belonging to Indonesia's influential Bakrie clan havebeen hacked, a Bakrie official said, pointing to unspecified"suspicions" likely to further strain relations with fellowinvestors in UK miner Bumi Plc.

News that Bakrie communications were infiltrated overseveral months comes just a day before the board ofLondon-listed Bumi - created by the family andfinancier Nat Rothschild - meets in Singapore to discussprogress in an inquiry into potential financial irregularitiesat its Indonesian operations.

The probe, still ongoing and being led by a London law firm,began after an anonymous whistleblower passed documents toindependent directors on the Bumi board. Most of the allegationsof impropriety, expected to total more than $500 million, relateto Indonesian affiliate Bumi Resources , the flagshipBakrie company and Indonesia's largest coal producer.

"We are aware that our email servers and telephones havebeen compromised or "hacked" and we have reported this to theIndonesian National Police, Cyber Crime Unit," Christopher Fong,Bakrie Group Senior Vice President, said on Wednesday.

He added the group had "strong suspicions" about who wasbehind the attacks on the family's own calls and emails andthose of family-owned companies, but declined to commentfurther.

One source familiar with the situation said the attacks hadbeen carried out over two months and suspicions were centeringon hackers based in France. The source gave no further detail.

The inquiry into potential financial irregularities hasbattered Bumi's languishing shares and frayed already tenserelations among investors in Bumi Plc, particularly between thefamily and Indonesian tycoon Samin Tan, who pulled the Bakriesback from default last year with a $1 billion investment, onlyto watch the value of his shares crumble.

The Bakries and Tan each hold half of a 47.6 percent stakein Bumi Plc, after Tan helped the Bakries stave off default bybuying a 23.8 percent holding. However, sources have said he is"furious" with the Bakries, after watching the value of hisinvestment plunge.

After news of the probe into the Indonesian operations andparticularly part-owned Bumi Resources , Bumi Plc'sshares, already hit by weak thermal coal prices, dropped to alow of 119.54 pence - compared with a high of over 10 times thatafter the coal miner re-listed as Bumi in June last year.

The current share price is also a fraction of the value Tanhimself, who borrowed heavily to fund the deal, agreed to buyin.

Rothschild, whose own relations with the Bakries souredafter he sent a letter last year calling for a "clean up", owns12 percent. He was ousted as co-chairman in March but remains adirector and is expected to attend Thursday's board meeting.

(Writing by Clara Ferreira-Marques; Editing by Mark Potter)

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