Rumors that have bubbled through the Indonesia political community for months – that Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s son was involved in a 2010 scandal that nearly wrecked the president’s Democratic Party – have burst into the open. A former close aide to Anas Urbaningrum, the former party chairman now standing trial for corruption in connection with a sports complex scandal, testified on Thursday that Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono, the president’s youngest son, took a US$200,000 bribe in relation to a number of what were described as “dirty projects” that Anas handled. Anas could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

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