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Indonesia sports minister banned from travelling over graft case: Report

Published on Dec 6, 2012 11:43 PM

JAKARTA - Indonesia's anti-corruption body announced on Thursday that it had issued a travel ban for Youth and Sports Affairs Minister Andi Mallarangeng in connection with the graft-ridden Hambalang sports centre project, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Mr Bambang Widjojanto, deputy chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), said a letter was sent to the immigration office on Monday to request for a ban on three people implicated in a case that may have cost the state 243 billion rupiah (S$31 million) in losses.

"We've requested travel bans for three persons, namely A. A. M., A. Z. M. and M. A. T. from PT A.K.," Mr Bambang told a press conference on Thursday, reported the Globe.

The Globe said A. A. M. is widely understood to be Mr Andi, as the KPK has questioned him several times in connection with the case. It added that A. Z. M. is believed to be Mr Andi's younger brother Andi Zulkarnaen Mallarangeng, while M. A. T. refers to Muhammad Arief Taufiqurrahman, an operational director with state construction company Adhi Karya.