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Indonesian fisheries minister arrested by anti-graft company

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JAKARTA: Anti-graft officers arrested Indonesia’s minister for maritime affairs and fisheries, Edhy Prabowo, early on Wednesday (Nov 25), an company spokesman mentioned, with out giving a cause for the detention.

The minister was amongst a number of folks held and could possibly be detained and questioned for as much as 24 hours, added Ali Fikri of the Corruption Eradication Fee (KPK).

Media mentioned the minister was arrested when he arrived together with his spouse and an aide on the capital’s Soekarno-Hatta airport after a visit to the USA.

The minister couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. Ministry officers weren’t instantly out there to remark.

A supply on the anti-graft company, who declined to be recognized till an official assertion was issued, advised Reuters the arrests have been linked to an investigation into the export of child lobsters.

This 12 months, the minister overturned a ban on the export of lobster larvae imposed by his predecessor.

The scrapping of the ban sparked criticism over sustainability considerations and was adopted by accusations in an investigative journal in July about irregularities within the award of licences to export lobster larvae.

Edhy Prabowo denied wrongdoing in feedback to media in July.

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest financial system, ranked 85 out of 198 on Transparency Worldwide’s Corruption Notion Index in 2019, bettering from 89 a 12 months earlier.

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