17 Nov 2017
By Kate Lamb, Guardian
The search for Indonesia’s house speaker Setya Novanto, who disappeared after becoming the target of an arrest warrant, came to a dramatic end on Thursday when he was reportedly found unconscious in hospital.
The high-profile politician had been on his way to meet anti-corruption investigators when his car collided with an electrical pole in south Jakarta, said his lawyer, Fredrich Yunadi.
Novanto, who is parliamentary speaker and head of the influential Golkar party, has been dogged by persistent allegations that he played a central role in a massive corruption scandal involving an electronic identity card project.
It is alleged he is among a group of legislators and businessmen that siphoned off millions from the project, costing Indonesia $170m in state losses.
After repeatedly dodging calls to be questioned by Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), a warrant for his arrest was issued on Wednesday evening.
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