The Jakarta Post
The Bekasi Police have started investigating the murder of a man who was burned alive by a mob for reportedly stealing an amplifier from a mushola (small mosque) in Hurip Jaya, Babelan, Bekasi regency.
Bekasi Police chief Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said the police had found evidence indicating the perpetrators but he did not want to disclose their identities yet.
“For sure, we are suspicious of some people,” Asep said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com, adding that the police had collected statements from witnesses, among them the victim’s wife.
“We have questioned the victim’s wife and people who witnessed the incident,” he said.
Asep said regardless of whether the victim, identified only as MA, stole the amplifier, police would prosecute the players because their actions were against the law.
“The people who burned MA alive could be criminalized. Vigilantism is not justified,” Asep said.
Asep said people should not take the law into their own hands. “Everyone has a right to help catch a person who has committed a crime, but then they should report the matter to the police,” he said. (dra/wit)