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Indonesia's Graft-Busting Spree Ensnares Top CEOs

  • Speaker, minister, lawmakers, executives among those caught
  • Raids by KPK seen benefiting Jokowi as presidential poll looms
Joko Widodo
Joko WidodoPhotographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency is on a graft-busting spree, snaring a former parliament speaker, a minister, a provincial governor and dozens of lawmakers in recent months.

So far, the list hasn’t included anyone President Joko Widodo needs to win re-election in April. But the arrest of executives of two of Indonesia’s biggest conglomerates -- Lippo Group and Sinarmas -- in recent weeks for alleged bribing of government officials add to those targeted by the Corruption Eradication Commission, known as KPK, this year.