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Historic Murder Trial Commences in Bali

Seven Men Charged in the Death of Local Journalist Include Former Lawmaker who is Younger Brother of Regent of Bangli.

(10/12/2009) A sensational trial commenced on Thursday, October 8, 2009, in Denpasar's District Court that sees seven men charged in the connection of a Balinese journalist in February of this year.

Charged as the alleged "mastermind" of the homicide is I Nyoman Susrama, a former legislator from the Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the younger brother of Bangli's Regent, Nengah Arnawa.

The victim of the murder, Narendra Prabangsa, was a reporter with Jawa Post/ Radar Bali who had written unfavorably on projects operated by the Bangli regency Education and Culture Office and an international standard kindergarten construction project headed by Susrama.

Prabangsa was reportedly abducted, tortured and killed on February 11, 2009. His body was discovered floating near the port of Padang Bai five days later.

Sumarsa is adamant in proclaiming his innocence in the case.

Also charged in the murder are six associates of Susrama: I Nyoman Wiradnyana a/k/a Rencana, I Komang Gede, I Komang Gede Wardana a/k/a Mangde, Dewa Gede Mulya Antara a/k/a Dewa Sumbawa, Ida Bagus Gede Adnyana Narbawa a/k/a Gus Oblong, and I Wayan Suecita a/k/a Maong.