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Indonesian governor surrenders Metallica guitar

Published on May 7, 2013 2:33 PM
 
Jakarta's governor Joko Widodo (centre) holds a maroon bass guitar gifted to him by Robert Trujillo of US band Metallica, in this picture taken in Jakarta, on May 3, 2013. The heavy metal-loving governor of Indonesian capital Jakarta has surrendered a guitar that was a gift from US band Metallica to anti-corruption authorities, an official said on Tuesday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - The heavy metal-loving governor of Indonesian capital Jakarta has surrendered a guitar that was a gift from US band Metallica to anti-corruption authorities, an official said Tuesday.

A beaming Joko Widodo appeared on TV last week strumming the maroon bass guitar gifted to him by Metallica's Robert Trujillo, which was autographed and bore the words "Giving Back!.. Keep Playin' That Cool Funky Bass!".

But the powerful Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said that Mr Widodo, widely considered clean in a notoriously graft-ridden country, had now handed the gift to them.

"We will check if there is any conflict of interest or if there was an exchange of favours," commission spokesman Johan Budi told AFP.

 
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