Corruption allegations engulfing Indonesian provincial governor Lukas Enembe spread to Perth casino

The ABC Australia reports

Indonesia has for weeks been transfixed by a corruption scandal involving a provincial governor, accused of spending tens of millions of dollars in foreign casinos despite an official salary of less than AUD$1,000 a month.

Now the scandal has spread to Australia, where Indonesian investigators confirmed they were examining transactions at the Crown Casino in Perth, and suspicious bank deposits in Perth and Melbourne.

The accusations are among a series of explosive allegations against Lukas Enembe, who has been the governor of Indonesia’s Papua province since 2013.

Lawyers for Mr Enembe have dismissed all allegations against him.

They denied Governor Enembe had pocketed public money, and said the allegations were politically motivated.

Enembe, 55, is suspected of misappropriating at least 560 billion rupiah (AUD$56 million) since 2017, and spending much of it in casinos in at least two countries, including Singapore and Australia.

But authorities have told the ABC the total amount under investigation was in the “trillions of rupiah,” or hundreds of millions of dollars.