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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Indonesian fugitive arrested in Colombia

THE ex-treasurer of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's party has been arrested in Colombia after weeks on the run over corruption allegations.

Disgraced Democratic Party former treasurer Nazaruddin was detained after an international manhunt, police said today.

"A team has succeeded in arresting Nazaruddin. He used a false name but the photo on his passport is him," national police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam said.

Security affairs coordinating minister Djoko Suyanto said earlier that Interpol had detained a man suspected of being Nazaruddin in Cartagena city.

The suspect had been flown to Bogota to await a meeting with Indonesian police, who would fly to the Colombian capital as soon as possible, officials said.

Nazaruddin has been on the run since May when anti-graft investigators linked him to a bribery scandal involving contracts on a $US23 million athletes' village for the Southeast Asian Games scheduled for November.

The 32-year-old allegedly demanded bribes worth about $US3 million to approve the contracts, according to The Jakarta Post newspaper. Three other people have been arrested over the scandal.

Wearing a hat and speaking from an unknown location, he has appeared this year on Indonesian television making allegations of graft against several high-ranking officials from the Democratic Party.

Yudhoyono has won two elections on the back of promises to stamp out corruption in Indonesia, which according to independent watchdog Transparency International is one of the world's most corrupt countries.


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