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Two new suspects questioned in Munir case JAKARTA - The former head of Garuda Indonesia and another official of the same airline have been arrested in connection with the murder of a human rights activist who was poisoned during a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam. Munir Thalib, known for his cricital views on the Indonesian military was murdered in 2004.

Last October, the Supreme Court overturned a guilty verdict of off-duty pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, saying there was not enough evidence and no witness to support the verdict. The acquittal put more pressure on President Yudhoyono, who had vowed to get this case solved when he took office late 2004.

"Our clients, Indra Setiawan, former president director of Garuda, and Rohainil Aini, a flight operations officer, were arrested and are being held by the police at this moment," said M. Assegaf, a Garuda lawyer. "Indra Setiawan and Rohainil Aini are suspected of aiding Pollycarpus in the murder of a person, in this case, Munir," he was quoted as saying. "We will study this arrest carefully because Pollycarpus, who was investigated and brought to court by the help of Indra Setiawan and Rohainil, was acquitted by the court."

Last Thursday the Indonesian police chief said that two new suspects had been named i the case because of their links to issuing a fake document that allowed Pollycarpus to be on the plane under the pretense of a security assignment. He did not reveal the names of the two new suspects that day. A district level court had sentenced Pollycarpus to 14 years in jail in December 2005, while an appellate court upheld the sentence because he was said to be the one to put arsenic in the food that was served to Munir. Later the Supreme Court overturned this verdict.

Pollycarpus, a Garuda pilot himself, said earlier that he was on an assignment supervising security on the Jakarta-Singapore leg of Munir's flight. He gave his business-class seat to Munir. Human rights groups claim that the government has not pressed hard enough in the investigation of Pollycarpus' possible ties to others.


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Posted in Crime @ 15 April 2007 05:31 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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