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US Marine among 4 Americans detained in Indonesia on assault charges

US Marine among 4 Americans detained in Indonesia on assault charges

Four Americans, including a Marine working at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, have been arrested for allegedly assaulting workers at an Indonesian swimsuit factory, police and an embassy official said Saturday.
The Americans and 76 Indonesians are said to have cut gate locks, forced their way past security guards and attacked eight employees at PT Natural Selaras, local chief detective Capt. Ade Arie said.
Offices were vandalized and one worker was hospitalized in the incident, which occurred about 2:30 a.m. Monday in the industrial town of Tangerang, just outside the capital, he said.
"We have named them all as suspects for assaulting the factory workers and public order offenses," Arie said. "The four allegedly ordered dozens of people to remove the factory equipment forcefully."
The incident appeared to have resulted from a dispute between U.S. company Manhattan Beachwear LLC and the Indonesian garment producer, to which it rented manufacturing equipment, news reports said.
"All the equipment in the factory belongs to my clients. They just wanted to take it back and move it to another factory," The Jakarta Post quoted defense lawyer Zaki Tanjung as saying.
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Susan Stahl said the Americans have been in custody since Monday and one, Marine Sgt. Josh Straub, had been working temporarily at the embassy's defense cooperation department.
The others were Scott Soura, chief executive of southern California-based Manhattan Beachwear, private investigator Mike Kenealy from Massachusetts, and Timothy Bouzan, also of Massachusetts, who is reportedly also a private detective, according to the embassy and media reports.
Straub, who came to Jakarta in June 2007, "was not on duty when he was detained," Stahl said. The men have been visited by an embassy official who informed them of their rights under Indonesian law, she said. It is unclear how they are connected, she said.
The suspects could face five-year prison terms if convicted, Arie said.


Updated : 2021-05-11 03:29 GMT+08:00