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Jakarta Post

Sanusi trial appears to expose endemic corruption at City Hall

  • Indra Budiari

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, August 27 2016   /  07:58 am

The money-laundering trial of ex-city councilor Mohamad Sanusi, currently ongoing at the Jakarta Corruption Court, appears to provide a glimpse into how endemic corruption has undermined efforts to better manage Jakarta, which has long faced a plethora of urban problems.

For years Sanusi has enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle that most Indonesians can only dream of.

With a monthly salary of Rp 30 million (US$2,269) as a city councilor, the Gerindra Party politician has been able to afford a Rp 3.2 billion apartment unit in South Jakarta, land worth Rp 7.2 billion and two sports cars.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Sanusi in April for allegedly accepting
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