Jakarta. Yudhi Tri Hartanto, a councilor at Central Java's Kebumen District Regional Council, and Sigit Widodo of the Kebumen Tourism and Culture Agency were arrested in a sting operation launched by the national antigraft agency on Saturday (16/10).

Both graft suspects were nabbed while receiving bribes from a middleman reportedly hired by Hartoyo, owner of education supplies company Otoda Sukses Mandiri Abadi, for several Kebumen Youth and Sports Agency projects which are set to be deliberated during a councilors meeting on local budget revisions.


During the police raid on Tuesday, at least six people, including two officials from the ministry, were arrested with more than Rp 90 million ($6,900) in unreported cash and Rp 1 billion in receipts in their possession. The raid was part of an investigation of illegal fees for permits at the ministry's sea transportation directorate.

"It is the government's commitment to implement law reforms and to eradicate corruption. The illegal fees only involved small amounts, but when it is added up, the amount actually becomes large," Kalla told reporters in Jakarta.


TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen said Monday her self-ruled island will not bow to Beijing's pressure and that China should recognize her government's existence and engage with it in talks, in remarks likely to further anger China.


Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, withdrew his support on Saturday for Donald J. Trump as the Republican Party descended into chaos. On Friday, a recording was released showing Mr. Trump speaking about women in lewd and degrading terms.




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