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Police arrest Tommy's private bodyguard
JAKARTA (JP): The City Police arrested on Saturday the private
bodyguard of fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra over the illegal
possession of a weapon.
The arrest followed a pre-dawn raid on the luxurious house of the
bodyguard, identified as Indra Hasan, in the Bina Lindung area of
Jatiwaringin, in Pondok Gede, Bekasi, West Java, some 20 kilometers
southeast of Jakarta.
"Indra was arrested at about 3 a.m. on Saturday at his home. Police
raided his house and found that he was illegally possessing a Colt gun
of .32 millimeter caliber complete with five bullets," city police
detective chief of general crimes, Comr. Tito Karnavian, told The
The suspect has been placed under police custody.
Tito made no comment when asked about the reasons behind the raid.
Indra, 47, is director at Tommy's car company, PT Timor Putra Nasional
(TPN). Born as Natsir Palembang and is originally from East Nusa
Tenggara, Indra also runs Tommy's agribusiness firm, Putra Timor
The suspect will be charged with Article 1 of the 1951 Emergency Law
on weapon possession, which carries a maximum punishment of death
Separately, city police chief of detectives High Comr. Harry Montolalu
revealed that Indra had been previously questioned by the Bekasi
Police precinct over a similar case.
When asked whether the arrest was part of the police's strategy to
capture Tommy, Harry said: "Police will keep on developing Tommy's
case, of course by using various ways," he said, without elaborating.
The National Police is also scheduled to question Indra over Tommy's
Tommy, the youngest son of ailing former president Soeharto, has been
on the run after President Abdurrahman Wahid turned down his request
for a pardon early in December last year. The Supreme Court had
sentenced him to 18 months in jail for corruption.
The last celebrity case involving weapons was Soeharto's daughter,
Siti Hutami "Mamiek" Endang Adiningsih, who walked out of the Central
Jakarta District Court on Dec. 18 last year, after judge Asep Iwan
Irawan sentenced her to a 30-day probation period for failing to
report the loss of her gun. (01/ylt)
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