Wed, 29 Mar 2000

Two declared suspects in Sunday murders

JAKARTA (JP): Central Jakarta Police declared on Tuesday two suspects in connection with the murder of a Police mobile brigade (Brimob) private and a civilian early on Sunday morning.

Central Jakarta police chief of detectives Capt. Hendra Suhartiyono identified the two as Syafiq and Ichsan.

"We are still investigating this case," Hendra said.

As reported earlier, First Pvt. Abraham Mau, 23, and civilian Belly Sihombing, 25, died in a gang fight on Sunday morning at the B.C. (Broadcast) Cafe in the Sarinah building on Jl. Thamrin, Central Jakarta.

Jakarta Police spokesman Lt. Col. Zainuri Lubis said the Police would keep details of the investigation confidential since it concerned the death of a member of the force and allegedly involved R.M. Sahid Abishalom BN, alias Abi, 25, the son of the chairman of the Pemuda Pancasila youth organization, Yapto Soerjosoemarno.

The police have questioned several witnesses over the case, including Abi, Abi's brother Yedidiah S.K. Soerjosoemarno, Andi Samapati, the security guard of BC cafe and a close friend of Abi's, and Abi's friends Panji Arisoma, Fachmi, Reno and Syafiq. (ylt)