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Lauded graft fighter Nurdin Abdullah named bribery suspect

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 1 2021   /  01:00 am
South Sulawesi governor Nurdin Abdullah (center) arrives at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarter in Jakarta on Feb. 27, 2021. Graft busters arrest Nurdin and five other individuals in an alleged corruption case in South Sulawesi. (Antara/Dhemas Reviyanto)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named South Sulawesi governor Nurdin Abdullah – who has been celebrated for his antigraft stance – a suspect in a bribery case following his arrest on Saturday. Nurdin has been accused of accepting Rp 2 billion (US$139,874) in bribes from Agung Sucipto, a director of a Bulukumba-based construction company, to facilitate certain projects in the province. Agung allegedly gave the money to Nurdin by way of Edy Rahmat, a secretary at the South Sulawesi Public Works and Spatial Planning Agency and Nurdin's right hand man. KPK investigators arrested Nurdin in his official residence in Makassar early on Saturday, two hours after they arrested Edy at his house, where they also found a sum of Rp 2 billion in a suitcase. Before that, investigators arrested Agung in his car as he was returning to Bulukumba regency after allegedly...