The Jakarta Post
The police have arrested five of seven suspects allegedly involved in the public murder of a man accused of being a thief in Babelan, Bekasi.
An angry mob beat Muhammad Azahra, 30, and burned him to death after he was thought to have stolen an amplifier from a mosque. The man tried to escape, but failed and could not avoid his tragic fate.
Bekasi Police chief Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said the police had arrested AL, 18, AR, 55, SD, 27, SU, 40 and NA, 39, after questioning witnesses.
“SU beat [Azahra] on his back and stomach,” said Asep on Wednesday.
He also said AL stomped on the victim’s head and AR beat him on his back and stomach. SD was the one who bought the gasoline, threw it over Azahra and lit him up.
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Azahra rode a motorcycle and tried to escape from the mob but later fell near the Muara traditional market.
Dozens of people started to beat him although Rojali, the mosque’s attendant, tried to stop them.
The suspects have been charged with Article 170 of the Criminal Code (KUHP) on attacking or beating up other people. The charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. (dra/wit)