Anti-corruption agency seizes Jaguar from Indonesian mayor

JAKARTA - The mayor of South Tangerang, an independent city in Banten province in Indonesia, is once again in the spotlight after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confiscated a Jaguar registered under her name, which is believed to be tied to money laundering activities.

KPK spokesman Johan Budi confirmed the confiscation of the car registered in the name of Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany, saying the car had been seized from an office in Kuningan, South Jakarta.

Previously on Tuesday, the KPK confiscated a Honda CRV, which was also registered under the name of the mayor, in relation to the alleged money laundering activities of her husband, Tubagus Chaeri "Wawan" Wardana, the younger brother of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah. The siblings have been slapped with multiple charges in three graft cases.

The KPK has so far seized a total of 79 cars. Meanwhile, the KPK also recently announced it had discovered more 100 plots of land and buildings allegedly tied to Wawan.

"We are still collecting evidence to confirm that the assets are related to money laundering," Johan said.

Some of the 79 vehicles were reportedly registered under Airin's name, raising calls for the KPK to also charge Airin as a passive recipient of money laundering.

Johan said the antigraft body had yet to pursue charges against Airin in the case. "Not yet," Johan said after being asked if the KPK was planning to charge Airin with money laundering.