Indonesia anti-graft agency arrests top judge for alleged bribery

Reuters

JAKARTA, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Indonesia's main anti-graftagency arrested the chief justice of the constitutional courtfor alleged bribery on Wednesday, an agency official said, thelatest high-profile corruption case to hit Southeast Asia'slargest economy.

Akil Mochtar, who was elected as chief justice for afive-year term in August, was arrested by the CorruptionEradication Commission after investigators confiscated some 2-3billion rupiah ($260,200) from his residence, according to agency spokesman Johan Budi.

Budi told Reuters the money was believed to be linked to aregional election. A member of parliament and three people werealso arrested, Budi said in a separate statement to OneTV.

Mochtar was detained less than two months after anti-graftofficials arrested the chairman of Indonesia's energy regulatoron suspicion of accepting a bribe from an oil company official.

Chronic corruption remains a major brake on investment inIndonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, and hastarnished President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's final year inoffice.

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