Tue, 08 Aug 2000

S. Arabian found dead in hotel

JAKARTA (JP): A 29-year-old man with a Saudi Arabian passport was found dead in a hotel room on Jl. Pramuka, Central Jakarta on Monday, a police officer said.

The victim, identified as Shaker M.S. Akitaibi, is believed to have died from a drug overdose, Central Jakarta Police detectives chief Sr.Insp. Hendra Suhartiyono said.

"Shaker was found by a security guard at about 11 p.m. on Sunday bent over a chair, with some medicine in plastic bags beside him," said Hendra, adding that Shaker had checked into the hotel last Wednesday.

The victim, who had a tourist visa, was taken to the morgue of Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital (RSCM) at about 2:30 a.m. for a postmortem examination.

"We found remains of amphetamine and morphine in Shaker's urine, which is usually found in users of shabu-shabu (crystal methamphetamine)," said Mun'im Idris, a forensic doctor at RSCM.

He said there were some slash wounds on Shaker's arms. But he was unable to analyze the medicines found beside the victim, saying the police did not give him any samples before all the evidence was taken to the police station.

"The victim may have been ill and undergoing medical treatment, but it was an overdose that killed him," Mun'im said.

Management at the hotel declined to comment. Central Jakarta Police detectives are investigating the case and have contacted the Saudi Arabian Embassy. (07)