Polls panel chairman hauled up for graft


JAKARTA: Indonesia's powerful anti-graft agency has named the chairman of the General Election Commission as a suspect in a corruption case related to last year's historic polls, his lawyer said yesterday. 

Nazaruddin Syamsuddin became the fourth top election commission official to be charged in a case which revolves around 20 billion rupiah (RM8mil) in kickbacks from companies that supplied voting equipment. 

Investigators had searched Syamsuddin's house for further evidence, said Tumpak Panggabean, deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission, which has the power to arrest and hold suspects. 

Three other election officials have been detained on suspicion of bribing an official at the State Audit Agency to ensure the agency gave the election commission a clean bill of health after it organised the 2004 general election. 

Officials have blamed Syamsuddin for allowing corruption on his watch. – AFP  

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