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Jakarta Post

Prosecutor admits that 'straw' evidence not available in Mirna murder trial

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 21, 2016   /  11:13 am
Prosecutor admits that 'straw' evidence not available in Mirna murder trial CCTV footage showing Jessica Kumala Wongso is played at her trial at the Central Jakarta District Court on July 20. ( Anggun Wijaya)

The prosecutor handling the Jessica Kumala Wongso case, Ardito Muwardi, has admitted that the “straw” piece of evidence in Wayan Mirna Salihin’s iced coffee couldn’t be found, but insisted that it did not negate other forms of evidence in the murder case.

“The police have been looking for it but it can’t be found. Actually, in the past, we considered the straw to be very important in this case. However, after studying the information from witnesses and experts, the straw is not so significant in this case,” he said, responding Jessica’s lawyer Otto Hasibuan at trial on Wednesday.

Witnesses and judges have been sitting through long sessions on the issue of the straw. Olivier Café employee Marlon Alex Napitupulu and Mirna’s friend Juwita Boon, alias Hani, testified that they witnessed the straw been put inside Mirna’s coffee before she arrived.

Marlon and another Olivier Café employee, Agus Triyono, claimed they did not put the straw inside the glass. In line with the café’s standard operating procedures, none of the employees are allowed to put straws in customer drinks.

The prosecutor also deemed that it was not important for the police to confiscate the hot water inside the kettle that was used to make the iced coffee. Prosecutors have argued that the significance of the water lies in its high temperature.

“If we present the cold water now, it will be useless. Experts will testify about it clearly in the trial,” Ardito said. (ags)

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