Fraud investigator bathed with acid outside mosque


A top investigator for Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission was attacked with a chemical on Tuesday, police said.

Novel Baswedan, who works for the Corruption Eradication Commission, was leaving a mosque after a morning prayer when two men on a motorcycle threw what was thought to be acid in his face.

“The injuries are consistent with those caused by an acid attack,’’ national police spokesman Boy Amar, said.

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Photos show Baswedan lying in a hospital bed, his face swollen and discoloured.

Report says Baswedan is a leading investigator in a 173-million-dollar corruption case surrounding the government’s project to make electronic ID cards.

The case has implicated a former minister and dozens of legislators, including House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto.