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Indonesia's anti-corruption chief arrested

 Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission chief Antasari Azhar, center, walks with his lawyers at Jakarta police headquarters before questioning ...
 Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission chief Antasari Azhar, center, walks with his lawyers at Jakarta police headquarters before questioning ...

Indonesia Corruption

Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission chief Antasari Azhar, center, walks with his lawyers at Jakarta police headquarters before questioning ...

Indonesia Corruption

Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission chief Antasari Azhar, center, walks with his lawyers at Jakarta police headquarters before questioning ...

The chief of Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog was arrested Monday and named a suspect in the murder of a prominent state company official, police and his lawyer said.
Antasari Azhar, who has overseen a series of high-profile investigations into government officials and institutions, has not been charged and has denied wrongdoing.
He was arrested Monday after eight hours of questioning at police headquarters in the capital, Jakarta, as a suspect in the drive-by-shooting of businessman Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, said police spokesman Col. Chrysnanda Dwilaksana.
Azhar's lawyer, Denny Kailimang, confirmed the report but had no further comment.
Indonesia ranks as one of the world's most corrupt countries, and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's vows to crack down on graft helped him win 2004 elections. Several arrests of key officials by the independently run Corruption Eradication Commission have boosted his chances for re-election this June.
Azhar, who has headed the agency since 2007, told reporters over the weekend that his efforts to put lawmakers, central bank officials and even government prosecutors behind bars have earned him many enemies. He appeared to be implying that his arrest was the result of a plot against him.
He denied involvement in Zulkarnaen's murder, but said he would cooperate with authorities in the probe.
"I and my family are ready to face this case," Azhar said.
Zulkarnaen was the director of PT Putra Rajawali Banjaran, a state-owned pharmaceutical company, and had been serving as a witness in a graft case before his March 14 murder.
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Associated Press writer Ali Kotarumalos contributed to this report from Jakarta.


Updated : 2021-06-21 01:12 GMT+08:00