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Jakarta Post

Graft suspect Zumi Zola's detention period extended

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Wed, July 4, 2018   /   08:17 pm
Graft suspect Zumi Zola's detention period extended Under investigation: Nonactive Jambi governor Zumi Zola (right) gets prepared to undergo questioning at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) offices in Jakarta on April 26. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

The detention period of Zumi Zola Zulkifli, the nonactive Jambi governor implicated in a graft case related to several projects in the province, has been extended, an official with the Jambi Corruption Court said on Wednesday.

The court’s spokesperson Lucas Sahabat Duha said Zumi’s detention period would be extended for 30 days from June 8 to Aug. 8.

“The letter [on the extension of Zumi’s detention period] has been sent to the KPK [Corruption Eradication Commission] because its coordination [in handling the case] is still with the Jambi District Court,” Lucas said on Wednesday.

It is the second time for Zumi to have his detention period extended since being detained on April 9 for the KPK investigation into the case. His detention period was first extended from April 29 to June 9.

The KPK named Zumi, along with Jambi Public Works Agency acting head Arfan, graft suspects in February for allegedly accepting unlawful gifts amounting to Rp 6 billion (US$435,600) related to several projects in Jambi.

The KPK previously named Arfan a suspect in a bribery case related to the deliberation of the 2018 Jambi provincial budget. He was arrested in an operation in November last year, along with a number of officials who were suspected of giving kickbacks to several councillors in order to influence the budget's deliberation.

Zumi was named a suspect after graft busters conducted a series of investigations and raids at his house and villa, as well as confiscating several documents and money both in rupiah and US dollars. (afr/ebf)