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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 June, 2005, 12:15 GMT 13:15 UK
'Munir killers considered sorcery'
Munir (picture courtesy Right Livelihood Award)
Munir's body showed traces of nearly 500 milligrams of arsenic
Details have emerged of the various methods in which the alleged assassins of Indonesian rights activist Munir considered murdering him.

According to Marsudi Hanafi, the head of the team investigating his death, Munir's killers considered murdering him in his car and even by sorcery.

Mr Hanafi said he knew this information because he had received documents detailing the various options.

But he added that he could not disclose where the documents had come from.

Munir actually died during a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam last September, after his food was apparently poisoned.

A Dutch autopsy found a lethal dose of arsenic in his bloodstream.

Death threats

Indonesian police have named three men as suspects for Munir's killing, including Pollycarpus Priyanto, a former pilot who allegedly gave up his business class seat to Munir during the flight.

Two flight attendants are also suspects.

Munir took up the cause of numerous activists who disappeared in suspicious circumstances, and also spoke out against the abuses committed by the Indonesian military across the country during the rule of former President Suharto.

He once said he had lost count of the number of death threats he had received.

Munir is said to have sent an SMS text message from Singapore airport, where his plane made a stopover, to his wife telling her he was feeling ill. A few hours later he was dead.




SEE ALSO:
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