Indonesia's anti-graft agency detains former chairman of ruling party

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 January, 2014, 1:38am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 January, 2014, 1:38am


Indonesia's anti-graft agency yesterday detained the former chairman of the ruling party over a US$120 million corruption case.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detained Anas Urbaningrum for allegedly receiving "gifts or a promise of gifts" in a case linked to the construction of a sports centre near Jakarta, commission spokesman Johan Budi said.

It is the latest scandal to hit President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party, which won a landslide election victory in 2009 on a corruption-fighting platform.

The party has seen its popularity slump to single digits in recent times from more than 20 per cent in 2009 and faces a wipeout at legislative elections in April and presidential polls in July.

Urbaningrum stepped down as party chairman in February last year after being named a suspect in the case. The sports minister was also forced to resign.