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Indonesia arrests top judge on corruption charges

  • 3 October 2013
  • From the section Asia
In this 20 August 2013 photo, Indonesia's top judge Akil Mochtar poses for photos during a swearing-in ceremony in Jakarta
Mr Mochtar was arrested at his home in Jakarta, officials say

The chief justice of Indonesia's Constitutional Court has been arrested for alleged bribery, officials say.

Akil Mochtar was arrested by anti-corruption officials late on Wednesday for allegedly accepting at least $250,000 (£154,000) in bribes.

Officials say the arrest, the latest in a series of high-profile cases, was linked to a regional election.

The Constitutional Court, established in 2001, holds the same legal standing as the country's Supreme Court.

Its responsibilities include hearing cases concerning the constitution and making decisions on election-related cases.

The court has developed a reputation as a respected judicial institution over the years, observers say.

Mr Mochtar, 62, was elected for a five-year term to the constitutional court this year. He was previously a member of the Golkar party before joining the Constitutional Court.

He was arrested at his home in Jakarta after a businessman and a lawmaker allegedly handed him money, a spokesman for the Corruption Eradication Commission said on Thursday.

The case was linked to a disputed election on Borneo island, the Agence France-Presse news agency says.

Two other people have also been arrested in connection with the case.

Last month, the anti-corruption court found a police general guilty of corruption and money laundering.

Djoko Susilo was sentenced to 10 years in prison and handed a fine.

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