Fri, 11 Jun 2004

Police deny wrong arrest

PALU, Central Sulawesi: Police here denied on Thursday they had wrongfully arrested a man over the murder of prosecutor Ferry Silalahi last month.

Central Sulawesi Police chief Brig. Gen. Taufik Ridha said the man, named only as Emil, was not a key suspect in the case but had still been charged with violating an antiterrorism law.

Emil knew about the plan for the murder but did not report it to the authorities, Taufik said.

Earlier, Emil's family and friends had said he was watching TV at a neighbor's house at the time of the murder on May 26, and demanded he be freed. --JP