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Jakarta Post

French child abuse suspect kills himself

  • The Jakarta Post


Jakarta   /   Tue, July 14 2020   /  01:00 am
Indonesian police guard a Frenchman, Francois Camille Abello (center), 65, during a press conference in Jakarta, on July 9, 2020, after he got arrested last month at a hotel where the police found two underaged girls in his room. - A French retiree could face the death penalty in Indonesia on charges that he molested over 300 children and beat those who refused to have sex with him, authorities said on July 9. (AFP/Archie Bhadrika)

A French citizen who was recently arrested for allegedly molesting over 300 children died on Sunday evening following a reported suicide attempt while in detention in Jakarta, the police have said. Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said an officer who was on patrol in the detention center last week found Francois “Frans” Camille Abello, lying in a weak condition with a cable tied around his neck on Thursday evening. "[Frans] attempted suicide by using the cable," Yusri told journalists on Monday. He was immediately transferred to Kramat Jati Police Hospital in East Jakarta, where he spent three days undergoing medical treatment before he died on Sunday evening at around 8 p.m., Yusri said as reported by Frans, a 65-year-old retiree, was arrested last month at a hotel in Taman Sari district, West Jakarta, where the police found...