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Ex-chairman of Indonesia's ruling party arrested in graft probe

Published on Jan 10, 2014 9:28 PM
 
Then Chairman of Indonesia's Democratic Party Anas Urbaningrum speaks in a news conference to announce his resignation at the party headquarters in Jakarta, on Feb 23, 2013. Indonesia's anti-graft agency arrested a former senior member of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's party on Friday, Jan 10, 2014, in a long-running case that has damaged the ruling party's popularity ahead of elections. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's anti-graft agency arrested a former senior member of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's party on Friday, in a long-running case that has damaged the ruling party's popularity ahead of elections.

The Corruption Eradication Commission - known locally as the KPK - arrested Anas Urbaningrum, former chairman of President Yudhoyono's Democratic Party, on bribery charges in a US$205 million (S$260 million) graft scandal surrounding the construction of a sports stadium in Hambalang in West Java province.

"Yes, (Urbaningrum) has been arrested by the KPK," a spokesman for the agency, Mr Johan Budi, told Reuters.

Urbaningrum is the latest in a string of Democratic Party officials to be ensnared in this and other headline-grabbing corruption cases over the past year, which included a cabinet minister and even a former beauty queen.

 
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