Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called the bribery allegations against his Democrat Party “an unhealthy political development”.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, chairman of the Democratic Party Advisory Board, said:” We are concerned there is a movement to convince the younger generation that Democratic Party cadres and those close to me are above the law.”
Allegations of corruption within the Democrat Party began with its former Treasurer, Muhammad Nazarudin.
He’s accused of accepting bribes, worth almost US$3 million, in a case related to the construction of facilities for the Southeast Asian Games in November.
Nazarudin fled the country, just before the anti-corruption agency could issue him with a travel ban.
While on the run, he made a series of corruption allegations against the party’s chairman and other senior officials.
The Indonesian President said the accusations are lies.
President Yudhoyono said: “This country is based on law. Everything is transparent.
“Please check to see if the allegations are true. This is important so that our country does not become a place for smearing and lies.”
Nazarudin is still on the run and his whereabouts are unknown.
President Yudhoyono denied rumours that his Democratic Party was planning to hold a Special Congress in a bid to replace party’s chairman, who has close ties to Muhammad Nazarudin.
Instead the party is scheduled to hold a national coordination meeting at the end of this month and likely to take disciplinary actions against members who involved in corruption.”