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Jakarta Post

Court strips graft convict Zumi Zola’s political rights

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  12:31 am
Zumi Zola (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Zumi Zola (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)Actor-turned-politician Zumi Zola Zulkifli made a decision in 2011 to quit his career in showbiz to pursue a political goal, running for election as a regent in Jambi.

Four years after being elected, he decided to run for higher office, the governor of Jambi — following in the footsteps of his late father Zulkifli Nurdin, who led the province for two terms from 1999 to 2010. He won the election and was inaugurated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in February 2016.

However, he was later arrested for corruption and was convicted on Thursday when the panel of judges at the Corruption Court sentenced him to six years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rp 500 million (US$34,362).

“We also sentence him by revoking his right to run for [public] office for [the next] five years as soon as he finishes his [prison] sentence,” presiding judge ...