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Police Confirms, Downplay Assassinations

Police confirmed on Monday the existence of many assassins for hire in Indonesia on the heels of the cold-blooded murder of a prominent businessman and his Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) bodyguard at the Sasana Krida sports stadium in North Jakarta on Saturday morning. National Police Detective chief Comr. Gen. Erwin Mappaseng said that although assassinations involving hitmen existed here, they were not organized and it was not a common occurrence. “(The practice) is not exactly rife here. We have not discovered any murder cases involving a hitman syndicate. If any, it’s just a matter of individual cases where someone hires an assassin to execute someone they don’t like,” Erwin told reporters at the National Police Directorate of Air and Sea Operation Headquarters in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Makbul Padmanagara reiterated Erwin’s statement, referring to the homicide case in Sunter, North Jakarta, where a Chinese-Indonesian couple, identified as A Sun and Melly, were killed after an alleged assassin doused them with acid on April 30. Full Story

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