Indonesia anti-graft chief arrested
Anti-corruption 'czar' questioned as suspect in murder of prominent businessman.
Last Modified: 05 May 2009 04:55 GMT
Azhar said his efforts to crack down on corrupt officials had earned him enemies [EPA]

The head of Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog has been arrested and named as a suspect in a murder investigation, officials have said.

Antasari Azhar of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) was arrested on Monday after eight hours of questioning over the killing last month of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, a businessman.

Zulkarnaen was killed in a drive-by shooting last month as he was leaving a golf course on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Denny Kailimang, Azhar's lawyer, said his client was in police custody but he has not been officially charged with a crime and has denied any wrongdoing.

Zulkarnaen was the director of PT Putra Rajawali Banjaran, a state-owned pharmaceutical company, and had been serving as a witness in a corruption case.

'Smear campaign'

Azhar made no comment to reporters as he was led away by police following his arrest.

But he said over the weekend that his efforts to crack down on corrupt politicians and businessmen in the country had earned him many enemies.

Azhar said that he respected the legal process and would cooperate with the authorities.

"I and my family are ready to face this case," he said.

Since its establishment in 2003, the KPK has gained a reputation as one of the few clean institutions in Indonesia.

According to Transparency International, an international organisation which monitors corruption, Indonesia ranks as one of the world's most corrupt countries.

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