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Indonesian Governor Forced to Surrender Metallica Guitar 'Gift'

Indonesian Governor Forced to Surrender Metallica Guitar 'Gift' -

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 Bass!"

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 index.



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