JAKARTA - An Indonesian prosecutor has recommended that a court sentence a pilot to life in prison for his alleged murder of leading human rights activist, Munir. The call for has been greeted by applause from Munir's widow and dozens of his supporters inside the courtroom. Garuda Indonesia airline pilot, Pollycarpus Budi Hari Priyanto, is accused of planning and implementing the poisoning of Munir during a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam last year.
A Dutch autopsy found a lethal dose of arsenic in the activist's body. Mr Priyanto is alleged to have added arsenic to a glass of orange juice later served to the victim. Human rights activists claim the pilot was an intelligence agent. Munir made many powerful enemies through his work during and after the rule of dictator Suharto, which ended in May 1998. The trial is set to resume on December 12 to hear the defence counsel's arguments.