Medan mayor Dzulmi Eldin, center, arrives at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building in Jakarta on Wednesday, a few hours after he was arrested and charged for corruption. (Antara Photo/Dhemas Reviyanto)

Medan Mayor Arrested for Graft


OCTOBER 16, 2019

Jakarta. The mayor of Medan, North Sumatra, was arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, early on Wednesday on charges of taking bribes from his own subordinates.

Within the past three days the anti-graft agency has arrested corruption suspects in at least five different cities.

Mayor Dzulmi Eldin was arrested along with six other people during separate raids in the North Sumatra capital that began on Tuesday evening.

The KPK alleged that Dzulmi had accepted bribes from various offices of the municipal government. Investigators seized Rp 200 million ($14,100) in cash as evidence during the arrests.

"We suspect there have been payments from the municipal offices to the mayor," KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said.

According to KPK data, Dzulmi reported a personal wealth of Rp 20.39 billion on March 15.

The Golkar politician was flown to Jakarta for further questioning at the KPK headquarters this morning.

During the raids in Medan, KPK investigators also arrested the city's public works head, a protocol staff member at the mayor's office, a personal aide of the mayor and three businessmen.

On Monday, the KPK arrested Indramayu district head Supendi. The following day, eight people were arrested and charged in East Kalimantan and Jakarta. All the arrests were related to alleged corruption in public works offices.