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Indonesia graft chiefs 'suspects'

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gives a victory speech during official celebrations following the confirmation of his re-election on 20 August, 2009
President Yudhoyono has pledged to tackle Indonesia's endemic corruption

Police in Indonesia have named two senior anti-corruption chiefs as suspects in a criminal bribery case.

The two men - Chandra Hamzah and Bibit Samad Rianto - are suspected of an abuse of power, detectives have said.

In May, the head of Indonesia's corruption commission, Antasari Azhar, was named as a suspect in a murder investigation.

The announcement follows months of tension between Indonesia's anti-corruption commission and the police.

"From the investigation we have raised their status from witnesses to suspects," said Yovianes Mahar, a senior anti-corruption official with the Indonesian police.

Both men left the National Police headquarters in Jakarta late on Tuesday, saying they would return on Wednesday morning to continue being questioned, reports say.

Some analysts say the police are trying to undermine the work of the anti-corruption commission, which has investigated senior police officials in the past, but the police have denied this, reports add.

Despite efforts by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to clamp down on graft, Indonesia is a country that regularly ranks as one of the most corrupt in the world.

The Indonesian parliament plans to pass a corruption court bill later this month, which would severely weaken the court and anti-corruption agency.

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