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Jakarta Post

Drug lord Freddy's video testimony won't be made public: Minister

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 25, 2016   /  10:12 pm
Drug lord Freddy's video testimony won't be made public: Minister Security personnel secure the second case review hearing of drug lord Freddy Budiman (center) in Cilacap, Central Java. Freddy was executed by firing squad, along with three other drug convicts, in the early hours of July 29. (JP/Agus Maryono)

Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said on Thursday the government would not release executed drug lord Freddy Budiman’s video testimony recorded prior to his execution last month.

"We won't make it [the video] public," he said. The ministry should first analyze the content of the video, he added.

Yasonna said the video only contained Freddy's last words before the drug lord was executed on Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, on July 29.  

He asserted that Freddy did not mention the names of any National Police, Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Narcotics Agency (BNN) officials in the video.

Akbar Hadi, spokesperson for the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Directorate General of Penitentiaries, confirmed prison officials on Nusakambangan had created video testimonies of inmates serving their sentences on the prison island. Freddy also appeared in the video, but with a longer duration than others.

Freddy was arrested in 2011 by the Jakarta Police for attempting to smuggle 1.4 million ecstasy pills from China. (ebf)


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