Reports: Key witness in Indonesia corruption case dies in US
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LOS ANGELES — A man who killed himself during an armed Los Angeles standoff last week was an important witness in a sweeping corruption investigation in Indonesia, according to media reports.
Johannes Marliem, 32, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Los Angeles County Coroner's spokeswoman Rayna Hernandez said Sunday.
Febri Diansyah, a spokesman for the Corruption Eradication Commission in Indonesia, told the Jakarta Post that Marliem died in the United States, but he said he didn't have details.
Indonesian anti-corruption police allege that a network of about 80 people, mostly politicians, and several companies used the introduction of a $440 million electronic identity card system to steal more than a third of the allotted funds. Marliem was considered a key witness in the case.
The scandal engulfed the speaker of Indonesia's parliament, once hailed by President Donald Trump as one of Indonesia's most powerful men. Setya Novanto told a televised news conference Tuesday he would respect the legal process, but that there was no truth to the accusation that he stole more than $40 million.
Los Angeles SWAT officers found Marliem's body inside his home around 2 a.m. Thursday after he held police at bay for more than nine hours.
A woman and child left the house unharmed after the standoff began Wednesday evening. Police didn't confirm whether they were Marliem's wife and child.
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The FBI served a federal warrant at Marliem's home last week, bureau spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Sunday. The affidavit is sealed so she was prohibited from providing further details.
Marliem claimed to have a recording of the conversations he had with politicians who allegedly orchestrated the identity card scheme, the Jakarta Post reported. He was the director of Biomorf Lone, a U.S.-based company that had been awarded the project to procure an automated fingerprint system for the electronic identity program.