A top Indonesian cop has been charged with the premeditated murder of his bodyguard after ordering other officers to gun down brigadier Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat.
Internal Affairs Division Chief Inspector General Ferdy Sambo now faces the death penalty for the brutal killing which shocked the nation.
Nofriansyah, 28, was killed during a shootout at the South Jakarta home of Ferdy by his colleague, Private Second Class E last month (July 8).
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Prior to his murder Nofriansyah worked as Ferdy’s bodyguard and police say they are investigating claims he molested Ferdy’s wife and threatened to kill her.
Speaking at a press conference, National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo said: “The special task force [for the case] has named Ferdy as a suspect.”
Listyo went on to state that an investigation had shown that there was in fact no shootout and that Ferdy had simply staged the scene to look like one.
To do this, police say he fired Nofriansyah’s gun at the walls of the house.
Police are still ascertaining if he also shot his bodyguard.
Private Second Class E has already testified that Ferdy ordered him to kill Nofriansyah.
Premeditated murder carries the death penalty under Indonesia’s Criminal Code.
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