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Indonesia's Parliament Speaker Named Corruption Suspect

  • Associated Press

FILE - Indonesian House Speaker Setya Novanto waves at reporters as he leaves after attending the Parliament's Ethics Council hearing in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 7, 2015.

Indonesia's anti-graft agency has named the speaker of Parliament as a suspect in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pocketed more than $170 million in government money.

The chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Agus Rahardjo, announced Monday that there is sufficient evidence to name Speaker Setya Novanto a suspect.

Anti-corruption police allege that a network of about 80 people, mostly legislators, and several companies used the introduction of a $440 million electronic identity card system in 2011 and 2012 to steal more than a third of the allotted funds.

Among those named in an indictment presented at the trial of two Interior Ministry officials in March are the justice minister, a former interior minister and two provincial governors.

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