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Jakarta Post

Muchdi lodges final plea against charges

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 20 2008   /  12:11 pm

Former top spy Muchdi Purwopranjono made a last-ditch effort Friday to defend himself against charges of planning the murder of noted human rights activist Munir Said Thalib in 2004. The South Jakarta District Court is scheduled to hand down its verdict on the former State Intelligent Agency (BIN) deputy chief on Dec. 31. In the final defense statement, Muchdi insisted he had no involvement in the murder of Munir and asked the panel of judges to reject the prosecutors' demand he be sentenced to jail for 15 years. "This trial has revealed there is not a shred of evidence directly linking me to the murder," Muchdi told the packed courtroom. He described the charges against him as "devilish", claiming they were politically motivated, particularly to satisfy the international community. Muchdi demanded the judges declare him not guilty...