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Chronology; The Murder of Professor Safwan Idris.

TAPOL has received the following information from unidentified witnesses about the murder of Professor Safwan Idris who was fatally wounded on 16 September by a gunman in his home on the outskirts of Banda Acheh:
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 09:59:46 0000
Information from witnesses about the murder.

  1. The gunman was not Achenese. This is apparent from the fact that he greeted the victim with the words, 'Selamat Pagi' (Good morning), not Assalamu'alaikum.
  2. He introduced himself as a student, meaning that he is quite young.
  3. He spoke Indonesian, not Achenese.
  4. The house is situated in a complex of modest houses where most of the roads are cul-de-sacs.
  5. It would not be easy to flee from such a place without being detected unless the gunman had carefully checked the layout of the victim's home indvance, which suggests that he was a professional. Moreover, the crimetook place at 6 o'clock in the morning in a well populated location, at atime when things were getting lively.
  6. The perpetrator of the crime arrived with a second person, riding on a motorcycle (Honda Astrea).
  7. Local people say that they saw the Honta Astrea enter the Brimob (Police Mobile Brigade) complex after the crime had been committed. (A person named Syaukas who was abducted and tortured says that his torturer was a member of Brimob and that he was tortured at the Brimob complex in Jeulingke, Kutaraja, ie Banda Acheh.)
  8. A police team which visited the victim's house several hours after the crime claims to have found an empty bullet shell (the word used in the Indonesian is 'proyektil') in a room in the centre of the house, although the shooting took place in the front room where guests are received. Neighbours were surprised to hear this because when they visited the house much earlier, they did not see this object. (tp)




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