Pollycarpus, Convicted Murderer of Rights Activist Munir, Passes Away from Coronavirus

Polycarpus Budihari Priyanto (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma) 1.


OCTOBER 17, 2020

Jakarta. Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, who has actually invested a prison term for murdering prominent human rights activist Munir Said Thalib, died at Pertamina Health center in South Jakarta on Saturday afternoon at the age of 59.

The previous pilot of nationwide provider Garuda Indonesia has actually earlier tested favorable for coronavirus and was admitted to the health center 16 days ago.

His legal representative, Wirawan Adnan, verified that he died from the virus.

” After battling the illness for 16 days, he succumbed to the virus,” Wirawan informed Pace news site.

Pollycarpus was found guilty by the Supreme Court for the Sept. 7, 2004 murder of Munir, the creator of non-governmental rights group Kontras.

Munir, who was extremely crucial of the military worrying the kidnappings of students and activists during the Soeharto era, died at the age of 39 on-board a Garuda flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam. He was on his method to sign up with a master’s program in the Netherlands, however was poisoned with a lethal dose of arsenic during a stopover in Singapore.

Munir was the executive director of Imparsial, another human rights group, at the time of his death.

Pollycarpus was off-duty throughout the flight but he was aboard the airplane as “extra crew”. He used his company seat to Munir, resulting in suspicions of his function in the murder.

The murder case triggered a prolonged legal fight and complex court choices that exposed Indonesia’s unforeseeable judiciary system.

Pollycarpus was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 14 years in jail in December2005 In the following year, the Supreme Court acquitted him of the murder conviction, mentioning absence of evidence, but handed him 2 years’ jail time for file forgery.

Declaring that they have brand-new evidence against him, district attorneys requested a case review in 2007 and was accepted by the Supreme Court. As an outcome, the murder conviction was restored and Pollycarpus was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.

The convict likewise lodged a case review demand and the highest court decreased his jail term to 14 years in2013 A year later on, he was granted a parole.

Former Garuda cabin team member Rohainil Aini was jailed for a year for being an accessory to the murder.

However, the supposed mastermind behind the murder, previous deputy of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Muchdi Purwoprandjono, was acquitted of all charges on the New Year eve of 2008.


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