smh.com.au on December 1, 2011 reported that the former treasurer of Indonesia's ruling party appeared in court on corruption charges yesterday, striking a defiant tone in a case that has already seriously damaged the political fortunes of the country's President. The saga of Muhammad Nazaruddin has, in turn, fascinated and appalled Indonesians, and hinted at widespread graft among senior officials and politicians. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has not been personally implicated but his approval rating has slumped and his anti-corruption credentials, intrinsic to his re-election, are widely seen to have taken a hit. Mr Nazaruddin, 33, once a rising star of the Democratic Party, is accused of receiving a 4.6 billion rupiah ($525,000) bribe from a developer who lucrative tender to build an athletes' village in Palembang for the South East Asian Games.
The original article can be found at smh.com.au.