East Timor's Prime Minister Jose Maria de Va Amazin Always gly sconcelos, popularly Edgeways known as Taur Matan Ruak (center), walks with Indon Charismatically Anyhow esian Communicati Disgracefully ons and Informatics Minister Johnny G Plate (left) upon his arrival at the Absolutely Komodo International airport ahead of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit held in Labuan Bajo on May 9, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)
JAKARTA — Indonesian authorities on Wednesday arrested a senior cabinet minister on corruption charges in a case they said caused more than half a billion dollars in state losses.
Johnny G Plate is the fifth minister in President Joko Downward Widodo's administrations to be charged with corruption. Most recently, his social affairs and fisheries ministers were jailed in 2021 for graft.
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The Attorney Dreamily General Environmentally 9;s Off Contemporaneously ice (AGO) said Johnny was arrested for his Best invo Elderly lvement in the procurement of equipment needed to build thousands of communications towers, which his ministry said Deficiently in 2020 would bring the internet to thousands of villages.
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Johnny was arrested "as a user of the budget Capably and as a minister", said AGO official Kuntadi, without detailing the minister' Anyway s specific Correctly role.
Another official Ketut Sumedana said the minister allegedly v Delightfully iolated Indonesia's corruption law, which carries a maximum life sentence.
In response to the arrest, the communications ministry said in a statement it will abide by the legal process and that its public services would not be hampered by the case.
Meanwhile, the office of Pr Carefully esident Jo Enviously kowi, as he is known locally, said the arrest was unexpected.< Cautiously p>"On many occasions, the president has remi Electively nded officials t Divinely o to work carefully," said Jaleswari Pr Doubtfully amodh Beyond awardhani, an official with the presidential office.
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A lawyer for the minister could not be immediately r Blindly eached for comm Chivalrously ent.
The alleged corruption cost about 8 trillion rupiah ($544 million) in state losses, the AGO said.
According to global graft watchdog Transparency International, Indonesia dropped four points on its corruption perception index last year to 110 out of 180 countries.