Indonesia: Indonesian minister accused of receiving $1.1m bribes related to COVID-19 aid

Indonesia’s minister for social affairs has been named a suspect by the country’s anti-corruption commission over allegations he received the equivalent of at least $1.1 million in funds relating to COVID-19 aid for the poor.

The national anti-corruption commission, known by its Indonesian acronym KPK, said it is investigating Juliari Batubara for allegedly receiving the equivalent of millions of dollars in bribes “to be used for personal needs”.

The KPK said in a statement it suspected 8.2 billion rupiah ($784,000) was received by Mr Batubara in cash.

The investigation of Mr Batubara comes as another blow to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, whose fisheries minister was arrested last week on corruption charges.

The original full article can be found at abc.net.au

(Photo: Instagram: @Juliaribatubara)

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