Indonesian ex-airline worker jailed

Former secretary at Indonesian airline jailed for aiding murder of rights activist.

    Munir's death prompted an official probe and
    sparked street protests in Jakarta [EPA]

    Wednesday's conviction comes three weeks after a different court acquitted retired Major General Muchdi Purwoprandjono, the ex-deputy chief of the State Intelligence Agency, of plotting the murder.

    That decision is being appealed by prosecutors.

    Munir, who was a known critic of the country's military, died after consuming arsenic-laced orange juice on a Garuda Indonesia flight to Amsterdam in September 2004.

    In 2005 a presidential fact-finding team concluded that the state was most likely behind the killing, but its recommendations for a deeper inquiry have been ignored.

    The handling of the high-profile murder case has been seen as a gauge of progress in fighting corruption and upholding human rights in the young South-East Asian democracy of 235 million people.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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