Jakarta

Maluku gang fight at hospital
not linked to John Kei:
Police

Tribunnews.com/Edwin Firdaus
Tribunnews.com/Edwin Firdaus

The Jakarta Police have named three suspects in a deadly brawl at the Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta on Thursday, which claimed two lives and injured four others.

“They will be charged with premeditated murder, which carries a maximum sentence of more than 10 years in jail,” said Central Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Angesta Romano Yoyol on Friday.

Yoyol said that police investigators had gleaned information from 15 eyewitnesses, including those injured.

Yoyol, however, declined to divulge the suspect names.

He denied media reports that the fight was between two Maluku gangs were linked to gang leader John Refra Kei, who has been detained for his alleged role in the murder of a businessman.

“This was not a gang fight. Moreover, this is not linked to John Kei's gang. This is a pure crime,” he said without further explanation.

The police confirmed that two people had died in the brawl. The Post reported earlier that three people had been killed, citing reports that a victim had reportedly died on the way to the hospital, but he apparently survived the bloodbath. (dmr)

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