|High-profile Jakarta judge Akil Mochtar caught red handed at home with pile of Singapore dollars
Indonesia's anti-graft commission has arrested the head of the Constitutional Court on suspicion of corruption in the country's latest high-profile graft scandal.
Corruption Eradication Commission spokesman Johan Budi said Akil Mochtar (pictured, left) was taken along with two other suspects from his house in a ministerial housing complex in the capital, Jakarta.
He says the three were captured “red-handed,'' and that investigators confiscated Singapore currency worth up to US$265,000.
Former Constitutional Court chief justice Jimly Asshiddiqqie was quoted by the Jakarta Globe as saying the alleged graft was ``a disgrace.''
Budi said the alleged bribery is believed to be connected to a dispute over the results of a district chief election. Two more suspects were arrested at a Jakarta hotel, including a district chief from Central Kalimantan.
Mochtar became the third high-ranking figure to be arrested this year on suspicion of corruption.
One of those arrested with Mochtar is Chairun Nisa, a legislator from the Golkar Party. A district chief from Central Kalimantan and another suspect were arrested at a Jakarta hotel, Budi added.
Mochtar was a lawmaker from the Golkar Party before being selected as a Constitutional Court judge in 2008. He was tipped to head the nine-member court in April.–AP