Indonesia: Indonesia’s ‘marathon’ probe of politicians to test graft battle

Author(s): Fergus Jensen | Date: April 7, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/2nl3sH | Type: Text

A corruption investigation into dozens of politicians is a cause for concern in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, but no other country has taken such a tough stance against graft over the past decade, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.
The anti-graft agency, known by its Indonesian initials KPK, has put on trial two suspects and is looking into claims that at least 37 people benefited from the theft of US$170 million (136.38 million pounds) linked to a national electronic identity card.
The accusations in a KPK indictment letter say sums ranging from US$5,000 to US$5.5 million were openly divided up in a room in parliament. Those implicated include members of President Joko Widodo’s ruling party, a minister, the speaker of parliament and opposition party members.

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