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.

Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
Indonesia's digerati could be crucial to success in the country's upcoming presidential election.
How Brazil's football legend turned every Corinthians' match into a political meeting for democracy.
As the Pakistani army battles Taliban forces, civilians in North Waziristan face an arduous escape for relative safety.
Nepalese trade in a libido-boosting fungus is booming but experts warn over-exploitation could destroy ecosystem.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Consumption of traditional nutritional staples such as salmon, moose and bear has fallen in recent generations.
Palestinian families fear Israel's night-time air strikes, as the civilian death toll soars in the Gaza Strip.
China still uses labour camps to silence democracy activists and others it considers malcontents.
Myanmar's Karen veterans of WWII, despite being abandoned by the British, recall their service with fondness.
join our mailing list