Indonesian politicians implicated in major graft case

2017-03-09 21:17


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Jakarta - Indonesian politicians, including the justice minister and ex-interior minister, and officials were implicated on Thursday in a major corruption scandal estimated to have sucked about $170m out of government coffers.

A special anti-corruption court began hearing a case that alleges huge amounts of money were siphoned off funds earmarked for a government project to issue new ID cards to the country's 255 million inhabitants.

Even by the standards of graft-riddled Indonesia, one of the world's most corrupt countries, the seriousness of the allegations has caused widespread shock.

One current interior ministry official and one former official from the same department were the first to go on trial on Thursday at the Jakarta court over the controversy that allegedly took place from 2009 to 2015.

Parliament had agreed to allocate more than 5tn rupiah ($370m) for the project but about half was allegedly embezzled and handed out to politicians and interior ministry officials, causing the state an estimated loss of $170m, the court heard.

An indictment released as the case got under way named high-profile figures accused of receiving kickbacks, including Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly, former interior minister Gamawan Fauzi, parliamentary speaker Setya Novanto and other prominent lawmakers.

Several politicians named in the indictment have denied the allegations.

"This is horrendous because the allegations highlight corruption in procurement and the budgeting process in parliament," said Tama Langkun of watchdog Indonesian Corruption Watch.

Indonesia was ranked 90th out of 176 countries and territories in NGO Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index last year. A number one ranking represents the least corrupt.

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