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Navy investigates stabbing of activist at nightclub

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 27, 2015   /  02:07 pm

The Naval Military Police (POMAL) are examining Naval personnel allegedly involved in the fatal stabbing of environmental activist Jopi Peranginangin following a dispute in a bar in Jakarta last week.

"The South Jakarta Police has handed [the stabbing] case to us. We are examining him now" said POMAL Jakarta Naval Base (Lantamal III) commander Col. Ade Permana on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Ade said the stabbing was allegedly done by one person. He declined to comment further.

Jopi, 39, was stabbed to death near the Venue bar in Kemang, South Jakarta on May 23.

According to eyewitnesses, the stabber had the physical features of a member of the military.

Jopi was known for his activism in various NGOs, including in the environmental group Sawit Watch and the Indonesian Alliance of Indigenous Groups (AMAN). He was also a 1998 reform era activist, a former member of the leftist People's Democratic Party and one of President Joko Widodo's volunteers during his presidential run in 2014.

It is not yet clear whether the stabbing was related to Jopi's activism.

Jakarta Police criminal detective directorate director Sr. Comr. Krishna Murti said the case was being handled by the Navy because the stabbing was allegedly done by Naval personnel. (++++)