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Wife of Former Indonesian General Faces 8 Years on Murder Charge

January 18, 2023, 10.43 PM

JAKARTA, – Indonesian prosecutors on Wednesday, Jan. 18, demanded an eight-year jail term for Putri Candrawathi, one of the five defendants in the premeditated murder case of Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat, a policeman.

Yosua, also known as Brigadier J, was the aide de camp of Putri’s husband – former two-star police general Ferdy Sambo – who was charged with life imprisonment for the suspected mastermind of the murder.

The public prosecutor said beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant had been found guilty of assisting the premeditated murder of Brigadier J.

According to the prosecutor, the four other defendants are Ferdy Sambo, Second Patrolman Richard Eliezer, Brigadier Ricky Rizal, and Kuat Ma’ruf, who is Ferdy’s assistant.

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Enough evidence was found to prove that Putri Candrawathi had assisted the premeditated murder under Article 340 in conjunction with Article 55 Paragraph (1) 1st of the Criminal Code, according to the prosecutor during a trial at the South Jakarta District Court.

“We seek an eight-year jail term for the defendant, Putri Candrawathi,” said the prosecutor.

When the prosecutor was reading out the charges, members of the public in court shouted to express their displeasure at the demand. The judge then reminded the audience to remain calm to respect the court.

Putri Candrawathi is scheduled to present her defense in the next proceeding.

The prosecutors also charged Kuat Ma'ruf and Ricky Rizal with an eight-year jail term, respectively, for their role in the murder of Brigadier J.

The incident, according to a court document, happened because of a one-sided story from Putri, who claimed to have been harassed by Brigadier J in Magelang on July 7 last year.

Ferdy then got angry and killed Yosua with help from Richard Eliezer, Ricky Rizal, and Kuat Ma'ruf at Ferdy’s residence at the National Police Complex in South Jakarta on July 8.

Eliezer charged with 12 years in prison

Meanwhile, Richard was charged with a 12-year jail term for committing the premeditated murder, State News Antara reported.

“We demand 12 years in prison for the defendant Richard Eliezer Pudihang Lumiu,” public prosecutor Paris Manalu said while reading out the charges on Wednesday, Jan. 18.


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