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Indonesian graft investigator attacked with chemical liquid

Xinhua, April 11, 2017 Adjust font size:

An investigator of Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog leading investigation into a graft scandal that allegedly involving top politicians was attacked with chemical liquid when he was returning from a mosque at dawn on Tuesday, police said here.

Novel Baswedan was attacked by two assailants riding motor cycle at 05:10 a.m. Jakarta time in north Jakarta, Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said.

"There are two persons, one person sprinkled the chemical liquid on Baswedan and another was riding the motorcycle. The perpetrator sprinkled the liquid on his (Baswedan) face," the spokesman said.

The attack occurred as the anti-corruption commission or KPK is investigating a mega corruption case allegedly implicating dozens of conspirators and several firms.

More than a third of the 440 million U.S. dollars state's funds provided for the electronic identity card system was allegedly stolen in the case.

President Joko Widodo strongly condemned the strike and stressed to investigate the case, presidential spokesman Johan Budi said.

Seismic corruption is one of major problems in improving a better investment climate in Indonesia. Endit