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Jakarta Post

Jambi governor Zumi Zola gets six years in prison for corruption

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 6, 2018   /   01:58 pm
Jambi governor Zumi Zola gets six years in prison for corruption Verdict in: Non-active Jambi governor Zumi Zola (right) prepares to undergo questioning at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta on April 26. Zumi has been found guilty of corruption. (Antara/Aprillio Akbar)

The Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced non-active Jambi governor Zumi Zola Zulkifli to six years behind bars after finding him guilty of accepting gratuity and channeling bribes to provincial legislative council members in transactions related to the deliberation of provincial budgets.

Judges also ordered the defendant to pay a fine of Rp 500 million (US$34,362) or serve an additional three months’ imprisonment.

“We also punished him by revoking his right to run for office for five years after he serves his sentence,” presiding judge Yanto said in reading the verdict during a hearing on Thursday.

The sentence is lighter than the eight years' imprisonment and Rp 1 billion fine demanded by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors.

“After consulting with my lawyers, we decided to accept the verdict,” Zumi told the bench.

Previously, prosecutors indicted Zumi for allegedly channeling Rp 16 billion in bribes to dozens of Jambi Legislative Council members to influence the outcome of deliberation of the 2017 and 2018 provincial budgets.

Zumi, a former actor, was also accused of accepting unlawful gifts worth over Rp 40 billion through his aides between 2016 and 2017.