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Indonesian prosecutors to appeal suspect's acquittal in activist's poisoning

Indonesian prosecutors to appeal suspect's acquittal in activist's poisoning

Indonesian prosecutors will appeal the acquittal of the only suspect in the 2004 poisoning death of the country's most prominent human rights activist, an official said Friday.
Pollycarpus Priyanto, a 45-year-old pilot, was recently released from prison after being acquitted of killing activist Munir Thalib, who died of arsenic poisoning on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam.
The Supreme Court quashed his conviction in October, citing a lack of evidence, but upheld a two-year sentence for falsifying flight documents. Priyanto has long maintained his innocence in Munir's death.
National Police Chief Gen. Sutanto said prosecutors will file a judicial review, based on new evidence supposedly linking Priyanto to a state intelligence plot to kill Munir. Like many Indonesians, Sutanto uses one name.
Toward the end of former President Suharto's 32-year dictatorship, Munir rose to prominence for exposing Indonesian military abuses related to East Timor's bloody struggle for independence, and to separatist movements in Papua and Aceh provinces.
Suharto was ousted amid massive street protests in 1998.
The European Union and the United States have urged Indonesia to pursue the case until the perpetrators are brought to justice.


Updated : 2021-07-29 20:12 GMT+08:00