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Indonesia ex-minister Andi Mallarangeng faces graft charges

Published on Mar 10, 2014 8:27 PM
 
Former Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng gestures during his trial at the corruption court in Jakarta on March 10, 2014. Indonesian court charged Monday a former sports and youth minister in a multimillion-dollar graft case, one of several which hit the president's party ahead of upcoming elections next month. -- PHOTO: AFP  

JAKARTA (AFP) - An Indonesian court charged a former sports and youth minister in a multimillion-dollar graft case on Monday, one of several which hit the president's party ahead of upcoming elections next month.

Andi Mallarangeng, 50, was charged with abusing power to enrich himself and others in the construction of a sports centre in West Java province, worth around 2.5 trillion rupiah (S$300 million), one of the prosecutors, Mr Supardi, told the anti-graft court in Jakarta capital.

The defendant allegedly received more than US$852,000 (S$ 1.07 million) via his brother Andi Zulkarnaen in kickbacks to favour one bidder, and enriched others and several companies in the project which has caused a state loss of more than US$40 million, Mr Supardi said.

"The defendant abused his authority and facility as a sports and youth minister," said Mr Supardi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

 
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