Indonesian anti-graft agency says prominent governor is a suspect
JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Indonesia's anti-graft agency named a prominent provincial governor a suspect on Tuesday in the latest in a series of high-profile corruption cases that have eroded public trust in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's ruling coalition.
Over half of Indonesia's 539 regional leaders are now under investigation for graft corruption, helping keep Southeast Asia's biggest economy near the top of the list of the world's most corrupt.
Ratu Atut Chosiyah, governor of Banten province, on the western tip of the island of Java and sharing a border with the capital, Jakarta, is suspected of being involved in two corruption cases, including bribing a top judge, who is already under arrest over graft.
"The governor of Banten is officially a suspect in a bribery case involving the Constitutional Court chief justice and election rigging in ... Banten," Abraham Samad, head of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) told reporters.