Indonesian Governor Forced to Surrender Metallica Guitar
A guitar that had been given as a gift to governor of Jakarta by
Metallica's Robert Trujillo has
been seized by Indonesian anti-corruption officials.
Joko Widodo appeared only last week on Indonesian TV strumming
the maroon Ibanez bass guitar which had been signed by Trujillo and
bore the words "Giving Back!.. Keep Playin' That Cool Funky
However the Corruption Eradication Commission took the guitar as
part of an investigation into whether any favours were exchanged as
part of the 'gift' being received.
"We will check if there is any conflict of interest or if
there was an exchange of favours," says Corruption Eradication
Commission spokesman Johan Budi. "The screening process takes
up to 30 days, and after that we will decide whether to return the
guitar to him or confiscate it."
"The governor loves rock music," offers a spokesman on
behalf of Widodo.
"So he was certainly happy to receive it, it's like getting a
tennis racket from Boris Becker. To him, it was a souvenir and
there was no exchange for favours."
Corruption remains rampant in Indonesia, particularly among
public servants, and the country last year slid to 118th of
176 countries in Transparency International's annual graft
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