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Sex, lies and beef: racy scandal hits Indonesia's Islamic parties

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Clandestine hotel room sex, money laundering and huge bribes to import beef evokes a seedy, criminal underworld rather than conservative politicians in the world's most populous Muslim nation. 

Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq (C), former president of Indonesia's largest Islamic party, the Prosperous Justice Party, meets journalists after his trial in Jakarta, December 9, 2013

But they all feature in a racy scandal that has shattered the clean image of Indonesia's biggest Islamic party and could further damage already-unpopular Muslim parties at national polls next year.

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