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Jakarta Post

KPK grills non-active Jambi governor’s wife over graft allegations

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 22, 2018   /   03:26 pm
KPK grills non-active Jambi governor’s wife over graft allegations Under investigation: Non-active Jambi governor Zumi Zola (right) gets prepared for questioning at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta on April 26. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

The Corruption and Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday questioned Sherrin Tharia, the wife of non-active Jambi governor Zumi Zola, in its investigation into several graft cases implicating her husband and Jambi Public Works Agency head Arfan.

"She was questioned as a witness for ZZ (Zumi Zola) and ARN (Arfan)," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said on Tuesday.

The KPK named Zumi, along with Arfan, graft suspects in February. They stand accused of accepting unlawful gifts amounting to Rp 6 billion (US$435,600) in connection with several projects in Jambi.

Money was allegedly given to several members of the Jambi Legislative Council to secure their presence and approval in the deliberation of the provincial budget for 2018.

Zumi has been named a suspect after investigators raided his house and villa and confiscated several documents and cash – both rupiah and US dollars.

The antigraft body previously said it would dig deeper into Zumi’s alleged role in the bribery of Jambi councilors, because the money he allegedly paid to the council members was from contractors partnering with the Jambi administration. (ebf)