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Indonesian court acquits spy of murdering activist

Indonesian court acquits spy of murdering activist

An Indonesian court has acquitted a former state intelligence agent of ordering the murder of a prominent rights campaigner.
A panel of judges on Wednesday cleared retired Maj. Gen. Muchdi Purwoprandjono of all charges.
Munir Thalib died of arsenic poisoning on a flight with national carrier Garuda in 2004. He led a campaign that exposed rights abuses by the military under late dictator Suharto.
Earlier this month, prosecutors demanded a 15-year sentence for Purwoprandjono, saying he had "planned and ordered" Thalib's murder.
The Supreme Court sentenced a former pilot in January to 20 years in prison for carrying out the murder.
Human rights groups are watching the outcome to gauge judicial reform in the transitional democracy.


Updated : 2021-03-01 00:45 GMT+08:00