Police arrest six on charge of killing journalist

Police arrest six on charge of killing journalist

A photograph of Demas Laira (28), an online media journalist.  (ANTARA/HO)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Police have arrested six people suspected of stabbing a journalist to death in the Indonesian province of West Sulawesi.


The body of the journalist, identified as Demas Laira, 28, was found on the Mamuju-Palu section of the Trans Axis Sulawesi Highway on August 19, 2020, chief of the public relations division of the National Police, Inspector General Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono, said here on Wednesday.


Laira had been stabbed with a small dagger, he informed.


The six suspects, identified by their initials as S (32), N (30), D (20), H (18), I (19), and AB (25), were arrested from three different places — Mandar, Pohuwato in Gorontalo province; Karossa, Central Mamuju in West Sulawesi province; and, Sarudu, Pasangkayu in West Sulawesi province.


Yuwono said the suspects allegedly attacked Laira after one of them took objection to Laira's behavior with his younger sister.


The six suspects have been charged with violating Article 340 of the penal code. If found guilty, they could be sentenced to death, life, or up to 20 years imprisonment. (INE)

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