JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s anti-graft commission has arrested a top politician who for weeks evaded questioning over his alleged role in the theft of $170 million of public money.
After being involved in an auto crash when he had been hospitalized efforts to detain Setya Novanto took an unexpected twist on Thursday night.
Corruption Eradication Commission spokesman Febri Diansyah stated that an independent panel of doctors concluded there was no need for his hospitalization, although Novanto’s attorney said he had been hurt.
Diansyah said Novanto was moved to a detention center around midnight.
He is accused of being among 80 people who used the introduction of a $440 million identification card system to sneak more than a third of their funds.
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