Kivlan Zen under police arrest over firearm possession charge

Human Rights

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Ex-chief of the Army’s Strategic Reserve Command Major General (ret) Kivlan Zen was taken into custody by the Jakarta Metropolitan Police following interrogation as suspect in a firearm possession case, Wednesday evening, May 29, 2019.

Zen’s arrest was made after being charged for violating Emergency Law No. 12 of 1951 during questioning at the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), coordinator of Kivlan’s lawyer team Djudju Purwantoro, noted on Wednesday.

“Hence, the investigator has made the report. It pertains to the question of whether he keeps or uses the firearm without right. It is related to the testimonies from the suspect Kurniawan, or Sugi and (five other) colleagues,” he remarked.

One of the six suspects in the firearm possession case, identified as Armi, was arrested along with Zen. Arni is believed to be Zen’s private driver and coordinator of an outsourcing company as a security officer.

“Armi worked part time since almost the past three months for Mr. Kivlan Zen. He has been named as one of the suspects for unlawful ownership and use of firearms. Hence, Mr Kivlan has been named a suspect in the firearm possession case on Wednesday evening despite not directly possessing and controlling firearms, as the investigators had conducted a pre-probe in the case,” he added.

Source: Antara News