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KPK detains Jambi Governor Zumi Zola

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 9, 2018   /   09:03 pm
KPK detains Jambi Governor Zumi Zola Jambi Governor Zumi Zola arrives at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office for questioning on April 9. He was detained after an eight-hour questioning. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detained Jambi Governor Zumi Zola Zulkifli on Monday in relation to a graft case concerning several projects in the province.

“ZZ will be detained for the first 20 days at the detention center located in the KPK’s old headquarters in Jakarta,” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Monday.

The governor was detained after undergoing an eight-hour questioning as a suspect in the case.

Upon announcing Zumi a suspect in February, KPK deputy chairwoman Basaria Panjaitan said graft busters would soon move to arrest Zumi after officially questioning him as a suspect.

The KPK accused Zumi, along with Jambi Public Works Agency acting head Arfan, of having received unlawful gifts amounting to Rp 6 billion (US$435,600) in connection to infrastructure projects in Jambi.

Arfan was previously named a suspect in a bribery case related to the deliberation of the 2018 Jambi provincial budget. He and a number of officials were arrested in an operation in November last year on the suspicion of giving kickbacks to councilors in order to influence the provincial budget's deliberation.

The antigraft body previously said it would dig deeper into Zumi’s alleged role in the bribery of Jambi councilors because the money he paid to the legislative members was from contractors partnered with the Jambi administration.

Before becoming governor, Zumi had been a popular actor in several soap operas and movies.  (evi)