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Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo voiced his confidence that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would work on Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Edhy Prabowo’s case transparently, openly and professionally. MALAYSIA DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION/AFP

Indonesia fisheries minister busted

Indonesia’s fisheries minister was arrested on November 25 in a sweeping bust over allegations of graft linked to exporting baby lobsters, the anti-corruption agency said.

Edhy Prabowo was nabbed early on November 25 along with his lawmaker wife, Iis Rosita Dewi, at Jakarta’s international airport as they returned from a trip to the US.

The couple were among 17 people arrested on allegations that they took bribes for issuing permits to export the crustaceans, investigators said.

This year, Edhy gave a green light to restarting baby lobster exports, a practice banned under his predecessor due to sustainability concerns.

“The arrest is related to a baby lobster export [permit],” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) head Nurul Ghufron told AFP, without elaborating.

Edhy is the highest-ranking official to be arrested in a corruption case during President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term.

Corruption remains widespread in the Southeast Asian nation, and its parliament is seen as one of the most graft-riddled institutions.

In June, Indonesia’s former sports minister was jailed for seven years after being found guilty of taking some $800,000 in bribes.

Jokowi pledged to tackle corruption as he kicked off a second term last year.

On November 25, he said: “I believe the KPK will work transparently, openly and professionally [on Edhy’s case].

“The government always supports any prevention and corruption eradication efforts,” he added.

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