Reference News Network reported on December 6 According to the news agency Jakarta of Deutsche New Zealand, Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency said that the Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs was arrested on the 6th local time on suspicion of embezzlement of more than 1 million US dollars of COVID-19 relief funds.
Fili Bahouli, chairman of the Indonesian Commission on the Punishment of Corruption, said that some enterprises were selected to provide relief food to the Indonesian people, and Yuliari Batubara and two subordinates were suspected of receiving 17 billion rupees ($1.2 million) in kickbacks from these enterprises.
According to the report, Batubara may face the death penalty if he is convicted of stealing rescue funds during the national disaster. Batupala is the second cabinet minister in Indonesia to be charged with corruption in two weeks.
Last month, Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime and Fisheries, Eddie Prabovo, was reportedly accused of trading money, granting permits to export lobster seedlings to some enterprises and accepting bribes of Rs 4.3 crore. Compilation/Du Yuanjiang)