Parliamentary speaker Setya Novanto left home with ‘unknown’ people before investigators into $170m graft case arrived

Investigations into a major multimillion-dollar corruption scandal in Indonesia have taken a surprise twist with one of the country’s most high-profile politicians, parliamentary speaker Setya Novanto, apparently fleeing to avoid a warrant for his arrest.

Novanto was nowhere to be found when anti-corruption investigators and police arrived at the politician’s private residence to arrest him on Wednesday evening. He is being investigated as part of one of Indonesia’s biggest ever corruption cases – an electronic identity card graft case that has reportedly cost the country $US170m in state losses.

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