Indonesia top judge arrested for corruption

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akil-mochtarIndonesia’s anti-graft commission has arrested the head of the Constitutional Court, Akil Mochtar, on suspicion of corruption in the country’s latest high-profile graft scandal.

Corruption Eradication Commission spokesman Johan Budi said Mochtar was taken along with two other suspects from his house in a ministerial housing complex in the capital, Jakarta. He said the three were captured “red-handed,” and that investigators confiscated Singapore currency worth up to $265,000.

Former Constitutional Court chief justice Jimly Asshiddiqqie was quoted by the Jakarta Globe as saying the alleged graft was “a disgrace.'”

Budi added the alleged bribery is believed to be connected to a dispute over the results of a district chief election. Two more suspects were arrested at a Jakarta hotel, including a district chief from Central Kalimantan.

Mochtar became the third high-ranking figure to be arrested this year on suspicion of corruption.  One of those arrested with Mochtar is Chairun Nisa, a legislator from the Golkar Party. A district chief from Central Kalimantan and another suspect were arrested at a Jakarta hotel, Budi added.

Mochtar was a lawmaker from the Golkar Party before being selected as a Constitutional Court judge in 2008. He was tipped to head the nine-member court in April 2013.

In September, the Indonesian anti-corruption court found a police general, Djoko Susilo, guilty of corruption and money laundering.  he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and handed a fine.

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Indonesia’s anti-graft commission has arrested the head of the Constitutional Court, Akil Mochtar, on suspicion of corruption in the country’s latest high-profile graft scandal.

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akil-mochtarIndonesia’s anti-graft commission has arrested the head of the Constitutional Court, Akil Mochtar, on suspicion of corruption in the country’s latest high-profile graft scandal.

Corruption Eradication Commission spokesman Johan Budi said Mochtar was taken along with two other suspects from his house in a ministerial housing complex in the capital, Jakarta. He said the three were captured “red-handed,” and that investigators confiscated Singapore currency worth up to $265,000.

Former Constitutional Court chief justice Jimly Asshiddiqqie was quoted by the Jakarta Globe as saying the alleged graft was “a disgrace.'”

Budi added the alleged bribery is believed to be connected to a dispute over the results of a district chief election. Two more suspects were arrested at a Jakarta hotel, including a district chief from Central Kalimantan.

Mochtar became the third high-ranking figure to be arrested this year on suspicion of corruption.  One of those arrested with Mochtar is Chairun Nisa, a legislator from the Golkar Party. A district chief from Central Kalimantan and another suspect were arrested at a Jakarta hotel, Budi added.

Mochtar was a lawmaker from the Golkar Party before being selected as a Constitutional Court judge in 2008. He was tipped to head the nine-member court in April 2013.

In September, the Indonesian anti-corruption court found a police general, Djoko Susilo, guilty of corruption and money laundering.  he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and handed a fine.

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