I repeat that there was no evidence of gunfight as reported earlier.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - National Police chief, General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, announced Inspector General Ferdy Sambo as a suspect in the death of Brigadier Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabatara or Brigadier J at the National Police Headquarters in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Special Inspectorate, led by Inspector General of General Supervision (Irwasum), Commissioner General Agung Budi Maryoto, had said that sufficient evidence had been found against Sambo, the former head of the Profession and Security (Propam) Divison of the National Police.

"After an in-depth examination, sufficient evidence has also been found that Sambo has committed a criminal act," Maryoto informed at the National Police Headquarters on Tuesday night.

He said that on Monday, his team had conducted an in-depth examination of Sambo at the Mobile Brigade Headquarters and found sufficient evidence against him.

"The National Police chief has conveyed that after carrying out the case (investigation), he has been named a suspect," Maryoto added.

Earlier reports had said that Sambo had been allegedly involved in a gunfight that broke out at his house between Brigadier Hutabarat or Brigadier J and Bhayangkara Two Polri’s Richard Eliezer Pudihang Lumju or Bharada E. Brigadier J was said to have been killed in the gunfight.

However, upon investigation, the police team rejected the shooting scenario. Instead, it concluded that Bharada E shot Brigadier J at Sambo's request using a weapon belonging to another police officer, Brigadier RR. Meanwhile, Brigadier J's weapon was allegedly used by Sambo to fire shots at the wall of his house.

There was no evidence of a gunfight at Sambo's house as reported earlier, Prabowo informed.

"I repeat that there was no evidence of gunfight as reported earlier," he emphasized.

A number of irregularities reported by the family regarding the wounds on Brigadier J's body had fuelled public suspicion. A prohibition on the opening of the coffin for traditional rituals, including the absence of official funeral ceremonies, had also stoked people's curiosity.

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