Dozens Killed, 700 Injured In Indonesia Earthquake

Written by on November 21, 2022

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma, who has officially finished serving a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court, is to return to prison after his conditional release last year on health grounds was termed to be contrary to the tenets of the law.

The 80-year-old former head of state was convicted in June 2021 for stubbornly refusing to testify before a commission investigating corruption under his presidency.

His imprisonment the following month triggered an unprecedented wave of violence and looting, in a tense socio-economic context, leaving 350 dead. Two months later, he was released for health reasons and placed under judicial supervision.

According to the judgement made today, Mr Zuma’s conditional release on medical grounds was contrary to the law”, in a decision of which AFP has obtained a copy.

Meanwhile, the state of health of Jacob Zuma remains largely unclear as multiple medical reports cited in the court of appeal’s decision say he suffers from blood pressure problems, high blood sugar levels and severe colon damage.

5.6-magnitude earthquake on the main Indonesian island of Java has killed at least 62 people and injured hundreds more.

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil confirmed 56 deaths from the quake, whose epicenter was the town of Cianjur, which is about 75 kilometers southeast of the capital, Jakarta, where some buildings shook and some offices were evacuated.

According to the national disaster agency (BNPB), up to 700 people have been injured in the quake as rescue workers and authorities worked to determine the full extent of the damage.

The agency added that 23 people were likely still trapped under the rubble of the collapsed buildings.

A spokesperson Abdul Muhari also noted that more than 1,770 houses were damaged and nearly 3,900 people had been displaced in Cianjur.

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