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Getting Away with Murder

Bali Chief of Police Vows to Make Arrests in Long List of Unsolved Homicides

(9/9/2011) In apparent response to articles in Denpost and Balidiscovery.com [See Murder Mystery in Bali] listing a large number of open-ended and unsolved murder cases, the island’s Chief of Police, General Totoy Herawan Indra has issued an order that open cases be re-examined, reinvestigated and brought to court.

Citing unsolved cases as an obligation of the police to bring to completion, General Totoy told the press on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, that he is ordering all his section chiefs to seek additional evidence that will allow the many outstanding murders cases in Bali to be resolved.

The General specifically mentioned the brutal beating death of a security guard at the Red Room Bar in Seminyak, which was committed by street thugs in front of a room full of witnesses on July 14, 2010. Police claim to have identified the chief perpetrator who remains at large and is believed to be hiding in Australia.

Also mentioned was the poisoning of two employees of the Titile Sausage Factory in West Denpasar. Although police say they  are certain an employee of the company committed the crime, no arrest has yet been made and the case has apparently gone cold.

Also mentioned were the murders of Jefri Sihombing, Hartoyo, Jerry Fausi, Septiawan and Luciana Burgess

The spokesman for the Bali police, Hariadi, assured the public that the many murder cases have not been filed away and that investigations are ongoing.