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Indonesia outgoing audit chief a suspect in $41m graft case

Published on Apr 22, 2014 1:21 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesian anti-corruption officials have named the outgoing audit agency chief a suspect in a 375 billion rupiah (S$41 million) graft case, the latest high-profile scandal to hit the country's public sector.

Investigators believe Hadi Poernomo, named a suspect late Monday on the first day of his retirement, may have accepted bribes in exchange for tax exemptions granted to Indonesia's biggest private bank.

In the past year, the constitutional court's chief judge and the head of the main energy regulator have been among the top civil servants targeted in corruption investigations.

The latest case involves tax exemptions worth 375 billion rupiah granted to Bank Central Asia (BCA), the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said.

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