Ex-Indonesian senior cop wanted to make sure there was ‘no life’ left in bodyguard, court told

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): Former Indonesian police inspector Ferdy Sambo held a gun in his gloved hand and allegedly killed his wounded bodyguard with a bullet to the back of the head.

He then shot several times at a wall near the victim, Brigadier Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat.

The bodyguard was “still moving in pain,” but Ferdy “wanted to make sure he was dead,” prosecutor Sugeng Hariadi said Monday (October 17) outside the South Jakarta District Court.

Ferdy, 49, then returned the slain man’s gun to his hand and manipulated it to fire at the far wall before leaving Nofriansyah’s gun close to his body and recreating the scene of a gunfight gone awry.

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Sugeng said that “using Ferdy’s cunning wit to cover his tracks and conceal his act of taking the victim’s life … he made it appear that a shootout between Nofriansyah, 27, and junior officer Richard Eliezer Pudihang Lumliu took place 24.

Details of how the disgraced national police chief of internal affairs orchestrated the July 8 killing of Nofriansyah at his home were revealed at the first court hearing on Monday.

Ferdy, who was dishonorably released in August, faces first-degree murder, which carries the death penalty, and obstruction of justice.

Police originally claimed Nofriansyah was killed in a shootout with another police officer after he attempted to molest Ferdy’s wife, Putri Candrawathi, during a trip to Magelang, central Java.

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They later retracted this report, citing sufficient evidence to show that Ferdy planned the murder.

In the 97-page indictment, prosecutors said Ferdy was furious after hearing his wife’s “one-sided account”.

Putri, 49, had called Ferdy to complain while she was away and repeated her accusation when she and Nofriansyah returned to Jakarta on the afternoon of July 8.

Ferdy then asked Richard, “Do you have the guts to shoot Yosua?”

Richard replied that he was ready, the prosecutor added.

Sugeng told the court: “Ferdy called out loudly to Richard, ‘Woy, you shoot, you shoot fast. Hurry, you’re shooting!’ Richard, according to the evil plan hatched earlier, aimed his Glock-17 at the victim three to four times until he fell and shed a great deal of blood.”

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Ferdy then fired the fatal shot.

The saga has captured the nation’s attention for months with its soap opera-esque twists and turns. Conflicting police statements have also exposed a web of alleged cover-ups that have undermined public trust in the police.

The case had prompted President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, to call for a thorough investigation.

Dozens of officers were arrested and questioned about the incident. In addition to Ferdy, four other people – his wife, two police officers and an assistant – are charged with first degree murder in connection with Nofriansyah’s death.


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