Indonesia’s oil regulator chief arrested on graft

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The head of Indonesia’s oil and gas regulator was arrested for allegedly receiving bribes from a private oil company, anti-graft officials said Wednesday.

The Corruption Eradication Commission confiscated $400,000 in cash Tuesday and arrested an unidentified man handing it over at the home of Rudi Rubiandini, chair of the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business, said commission spokesman Johan Budi.

The raid also led to the arrests of an oil company official in western Jakarta along with Rubiandini’s driver and two security guards, Budi said without naming the oil company.

An additional $300,000 and a luxury motorbike were later confiscated from Rubiandini’s house in southern Jakarta, said anti-graft commissioner Bambang Widjojanto.

The Indonesian oil and gas regulator posted a statement on its website Wednesday saying Rubiandini’s arrest will not affect its operations.

Endemic graft in Indonesia has been blamed for deterring foreign investment.

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