Indonesian judge arrested for bribery


JAKARTA: Indonesian anti-corruption investigators have arrested the constitutional court’s top judge for allegedly accepting a bribe of more than $250,000 in a case linked to a disputed election, an official said on Thursday.

Akil Mochtar was detained on Wednesday at his Jakarta home shortly after a businessman and a lawmaker allegedly handed him around three billion rupiah, said Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi.

It is just the latest high-profile corruption case in Indonesia, one of the most graft-ridden countries in the world.

“The bribery was allegedly linked to a disputed election in Gunung Mas district on Borneo island,” said Budi.

The election happened on September 4. One of the constitutional court’s main roles is to decide on electoral disputes.

The lawmaker, from the Golkar party of former dictator Suharto, and businessman were also detained at Mochtar’s house, he said.

The head of Gunung Mas district and another man were arrested at a Jakarta hotel soon afterwards, added Budi.


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