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Indonesia Minister Arrested By Anti-Graft Agency

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JAKARTA: Anti-graft officials arrested Edhy Prabowo, Indonesia Minister for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Early on Wednesday, a spokesman for the agency said without giving a reason for the arrest.

Moreover, Ali Fikri of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) added that the minister was among several people held. He could be detained and questioned for up to 24 hours.

Media said the minister was arrested after a trip to the United States when he arrived with his wife and an aide at the capital’s Soekarno-Hatta airport.

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The Minister could not be reached for comment immediately. Officials from the ministry were not immediately available to comment.

Reuters was told that the arrests were linked to an investigation into the export of baby lobsters by a source at the anti-graft agency who declined to be identified until an official statement was issued.

In addition, this year the minister overturned a ban imposed by his predecessor on the export of lobster larvae.

The scrapping of the ban sparked criticism of sustainability concerns. It was followed in July by allegations in an investigative magazine about irregularities in the granting of licences to export larvae of lobster.

In comments to the media in July, Edhy Prabowo denied wrongdoing.

Moreover, Indonesia, the biggest economy in Southeast Asia, ranked 85 out of 198 in 2019 on the Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International. It is improving from 89 a year earlier.

 

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