JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – A Taiwanese bakery owner, Hsu Ming-Hu, was killed by hitmen who were allegedly hired by his secretary identified as SS, 37, at his house in Cikarang, Bekasi in the outskirts of Jakarta on July 24.
“The suspect SS has asked FI [another suspect] to send the magic powers to the victim but it did not work,” Jakarta Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Yusri Yunus told reporters at the Jakarta Police Headquarters on August 12.
Yusri said that SS gave 15 million rupiahs ($1,014) to FI in a request to bewitch the victim with the help of a shaman.
“SS already paid the 15 million rupiahs to cast the black magic spell. But it did not work and in June SS asked FI to kill Hsu,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Nana Sudjana in a statement on August 12 said the perpetrators entered Hsu’s house at around 3:30pm after a housemaid left the house.
They could enter the house after acting as tax officers as it was suggested by SS. According to SS, Hsu has not paid taxes and owed nine billion rupiahs ($609,000).
The perpetrators acted as if they came to collect the tax money. Hsu was stabbed to death at a toilet in his house, police said.
Nana explained the police investigation found the victim and SS had an affair, and SS was pregnant. The victim gave SS 15 million rupiahs ($1,014) for an abortion. But SS felt scorned upon learning that Hsu, who was living alone, intended to marry his housemaid instead.
“SS asked FI’s help to hire someone who wanted to make Hsu suffer a serious physical or somebody willing to kill,” said Nana.
SS was then contacted by FI, who informed her that somebody was willing to do it but asked for a fee of 150 million rupiahs ($10,200).
The police then arrested four of the nine perpetrators who were allegedly involved in the murder. The four perpetrators are identified as SS (37), FT (30), AF (31), and SY (38). They were arrested in two different locations, namely Bekasi in West Java province and Lampung on Sumatra island, while the five others are still on the run.
The arrest of the four perpetrators began with a report from the Chinese embassy asking for help in finding Hsu on July 27.
The police then conducted the investigation and obtained information about the discovery of a body in the Sungai Subang in West Java.
Members of Jakarta police then worked closely with the Subang police. The postmortem results confirmed that the fingerprints matched with the victim who was reported missing at that time. The police investigated the cause of death by examining several witnesses and CCTV footage.
It was then that the perpetrators discovered that the victim was killed in his house in Bekasi. The police have also secured pieces of evidence such as five cellphones, clothes and jackets, CCTV footage, and five cars.
If found guilty, the perpetrators could face the death penalty or life imprisonment for up to 20 years.
(Writer: Muhammad Isa Bustomi | Editors: Jessi Carina, Sabrina Asril, Egidius Patnistik)
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