Syafii Maarif: State loses against Nazarrudin Maarif, former chairman of the country’s second largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, lamented the prolonged manhunt of graft fugitive Muhammad Nazarrudin.

He questioned the authorities’ political will to arrest the suspect, who made headlines for his key role in the alleged bribery case involving construction of the SEA Games athlete’s village in Palembang.

“How could law enforcement officers be unable to immediately locate and arrest Nazarrudin? The state has lost to Nazaruddin – should it fail to apprehend him,” Syafii said, as quoted by on Saturday in his speech during an event organized by the newly established National Democrat party on Saturday.

Police claimed last week that they had managed to locate Nazaruddin, who reportedly sent messages from hideouts via BlackBerry messaging, exposing an unholy alliance implicating top politicians.

On Friday, however, National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said that police had not yet found the former treasurer of the ruling Democratic Party.

Syafii said Indonesia was still waiting for new individuals with proven integrity and strong moral character.

“This nation is waiting for involvement from people with ethics. We are witnessing the suppression of the nation’s morality,” he said.


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