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Indonesia graft suspect detained after doctors clear health

Indonesia graft suspect detained after doctors clear health

Attempts to detain Setya Novanto took an unexpected twist on Thursday night when he was hospitalised after being involved in a vehicle crash.

"Before leaving for RSCM, investigators showed the warrant, but the SN side refused to sign it, and so it was signed by the investigators and two witnesses from Medika Permata Hijau", Diansyah stated.

The KPK is investigating state losses amounting to about $170 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme after allegations that sums ranging from $5,000 to $5.5 million - generated by marking up procurement costs - were divided up among politicians in parliament.

Novanto's lawyer, Fredrich Yunadi, said the politician was sitting in the back of the auto and the driver was turning his head to talk to Novanto when he drove into the power pole.

He has denied any wrongdoing. The driver, a reporter from a local TV station, only suffered light injuries but Novanto, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was "badly injured" with symptoms of a concussion, according to Yunadi. "He can't talk yet, it's just his eyes - when he opens his eyes the ceiling swirls in circles".

Novanto was named a suspect in the case again last week after he had used a controversial legal maneuver, a pre-trial motion, to get earlier charges dropped last month.

Armed KPK officers were now at the hospital, Yunadi said, adding that they had ignored his requests to leave.

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Indonesian newspapers splashed pictures across their front pages of a black sport utility vehicle that Novanto was said to have been traveling in.

Indonesians were hardly surprised that their Donald Trump-admiring speaker of parliament Setya Novanto was nowhere to be found this week when police went to arrest him.

The executive director of Jakarta-based Voxpol Centre Research and Consulting, Pangi Syarwi Chaniago, said on Sunday (Nov 19) that political dynamics within Golkar would likely become more fluid if the party held a congress, meaning that any politician elected could be someone unwilling to join the government's coalition.

Yunadi has said a request for another pre-trial motion had been filed on behalf of his client.

This, he said, was because the party leadership could end up being replaced by other members who were not supportive of Joko.

"Setya Novanto and his team of lawyers must think we Indonesians are all fools", said Rina Amelia, a 29-year-old barista at a Jakarta cafe.

He is one of the most senior politicians in Indonesia to be detained by the independent KPK.