Thu, 29 May 2003

Cop named suspect in fatal shooting

JAKARTA: The stray bullets which killed two girls and injured the mother of one of the girls in the Taman Sari area of West Jakarta on Monday, allegedly came from the pistol of First Brig. Budi who was chasing alleged drug dealers.

"We've found residual powder in the pistol belonging to First Brig. Budi. He also admitted that he had fired the bullets during the incident," said Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Prasetyo on Wednesday.

Budi was the main suspect in the shooting, but police will also take legal action against six other police personnel in the team.

Budi can be charged as an ordinary civilian under Criminal Code Article 359 on negligence which leads to other people's death. The charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

The six other policemen are First Insp. Heru Julianto, First Brig. Mifil Rifadas, Brig. Aang Kaharudin, First Brig. Arman, Chief Brig. Emirsyah, First Brig. Budi, and Second Insp. Ronny Syahroni.

Stray bullets killed on Monday bystanders Ina Surtianah, 12, and Eli, a three-and-a-half-year-old toddler and injured Eli's mother Mela Taskina, 28. --JP.

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Council demands M1 alternative

TANGERANG: The Tangerang municipal council demanded that PT Angkasa Pura, operator of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, seek an alternative security measure instead of closing the M1 airport gate.

The council's Commission D chairman, Waisulkorni Mufti, said on Tuesday that the airport management should have prepared a solution that would not disrupt the residents' daily routines.

He said many Tangerang residents who commute to Jakarta used the airport tollway as a shortcut to their offices, but since gate M1 was closed to the public on May 22, they must go through Jl. Daan Mogot.

He said the council understood that the closure was part of efforts to improve airport security following a bomb blast last month, but the closure had resulted in increased traffic congestion on Jl. Daan Mogot.

Separately, Indra Setiady, a resident of the Taman Kutabumi housing complex in Pasar Kemis, said that he usually left home at 5 a.m. everyday to get to work, and by using the road through gate M1 he usually arrived at his office by 7 a.m.

"But since the airport gate was closed, I have to go by Jl. Daan Mogot and get to my office two hours late, at 9:00 a.m.," he said. -- JP

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1,300 traffic violations in 10 spots

JAKARTA: The police announced that at least 1,300 traffic violations had occurred in 10 trouble spots across the city, mostly committed by public transportation drivers, during a special traffic operation since May 13.

City police Traffic Division chief Sr. Comr. Sulistyo Ishak said 900 traffic violations had been committed by public transportation drivers.

"The violations range from going through red lights to disregarding traffic signs," said Sulistyo.

Sulistyo said some public transportation operators had been fined, while others had been told to stop operating.

Sulistyo said an average of 18,000 traffic violations per month were committed across the capital. --JP.