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Insp. Gen. Firli promoted to South Sumatra Police chief despite ongoing KPK ethics probe

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 25, 2019   /   01:31 pm
Insp. Gen. Firli promoted to South Sumatra Police chief despite ongoing KPK ethics probe National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian (left) shares hands with Insp. Gen. Firli during the latter's inauguration as South Sumatra Police chief on June 25. Firli is being probed for an alleged ethics violation while serving at the Corruption Eradication Commission following the finding of a picture in which he was posing on a tennis court with former West Nusa Tenggara governor M.Zainul Majdi, aka Tuan Guru Bajang (TGB). (Antara/Reno Esnir)

National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian inaugurated former law enforcement deputy of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Insp. Gen. Firli as the new South Sumatra Police chief.

Firli is currently being probed for alleged ethics violations while serving at the KPK following the finding of a photograph in which he was posing on a tennis court with former West Nusa Tenggara governor M. Zainul Majdi, aka Tuan Guru Bajang (TGB). The picture was dated May last year, the same month that KPK investigators questioned TGB as a witness in a corruption case involving the divestment of gold and copper mining company PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara.

The inauguration was held at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Tuesday. Firli will replace Insp. Gen. Zulkarnain.

“Welcome back home, Firli. I would like to express my highest gratitude for your two years of service as a law enforcement deputy at the KPK,” said Tito as reported by Antara news agency.

Tito voiced hope that Firli’s experience as a KPK law enforcement deputy and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Police chief would enhance the South Sumatra community and result in better public safety, especially during regional elections.

The KPK started an ethics probe into Firli in September last year, when the photo of him posing with TGB came to light. The probe team has yet to reach a conclusion. (bry)

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