Indonesia party leader toppled by new allegations
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:08AM
Richard L. Cassin in Anas Unrbaningrum, Andi Mallarangeng, Angelina Sondakh, Indonesia, Muhammed Nazaruddin, Susilo Bambang Uudhoyono

The head of Indonesia’s ruling Democratic Party quit this week after he was named as a graft suspect by the country's independent anti-corruption agency.

Anas Urbaningrum in under investigation for taking illegal payments in connection with a sports complex construction project. He's now banned from leaving the country.

The sports complex is valued at $122 million. A state auditor said up to $25 million was lost through corruption.

Urbaningrum reportedly accepted a car worth $75,000 from one of the contractors, the Washington Post said.

The current president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, pictured, is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected as a reformer but party scandals have rocked his anti-corruption campaign.

Sports minister Andi Mallarangeng is also under investigation. He's suspected of rigging bids and approving the sports complex project without a required environmental impact statement, the Washington Post said.

Last month, Angelina Sondakh, a Democratic Party lawmaker and past winner of the Miss Indonesia pageant, was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for taking over $4 million in bribes and kickbacks from a company partly owned by former Democratic Party treasurer Muhammed Nazaruddin.

Last year, Nazaruddin was sentenced to four years in jail for corruption.

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