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Former Garuda CEO Convicted of Conspiracy to Murder

Indra Setiawan Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison for Role in Death of Indonesian Activist Munir. Police Promise More Arrests Before June.

(2/21/2008) Indra Setiawan, the former CEO of Garuda Indonesia Airlines, has been sentenced to one year in prison for his complicity in the murder of Indonesian activist Munir Said Thalib in September 2004 on board a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam.

The sentence handed down in the Jakarta courts was 6 months less than the 1 year and 6 months requested by Indonesian prosecutors.

As reported in Balidiscovery.com [See:Jail Time for Garuda Pilot. Airline's Former CEO to Follow?], a former Garuda Pilot, Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday, January 25, 2008, with the Court finding him guilty of premeditated murder and the falsification of documents.

The courts found Setiawan guilty of taking a conspiratorial role in activist's murder through the issuance of letters needed to allow Pollycarpus to join the flight on which Munir died.

Setiawan's defense during the trial was that he had issued the subject letter at the urging of the State Intelligence Board (BIN).

Police in Jakarta have told the press that additional indictments involving State intelligence officials will be handed down before June.