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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 as a suspect in a murder investigation, dealing an embarrassing blow to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as he seeks re-election on a "good governance" platform.
Antasari Azhar, 56, has overseen a series of high-profile probes into government officials and institutions since taking the helm of the independent Corruption Eradication Commission nearly two years ago.
He has not officially been charged with a crime and has denied wrongdoing.
Azhar was arrested Monday after eight hours of questioning at police headquarters as a suspect in last month's killing of businessman Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, who was shot through the window of his car by two motorcycle gunmen as he was leaving a golf course on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, said police spokesman Col. Chrysnanda Dwilaksana
Azhar's lawyer, Denny Kailimang, confirmed his client was in police custody but had no other comment.
Indonesia ranks as one of the world's most corrupt countries, and Yudhoyono's vows to crack down on graft helped him win 2004 elections. Several arrests of key officials by the Corruption Eradication Commission have boosted his image, helping put him on course to win another five-year term in July.
Azhar made no comment to reporters as he was led away by police.
But he said over the weekend his efforts to put corrupt politicians, lawmakers, central bank officials and businessmen behind bars earned him many enemies _ implying his arrest may have been the result of a smear campaign.
Azhar said, however, he respected the legal process and would cooperate with authorities.
"I and my family are ready to face this case," he 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.
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Associated Press writer Ali Kotarumalos contributed to this report from Jakarta.


Updated : 2021-07-24 13:37 GMT+08:00