John Kei to Face the Death Penalty Over Jakarta Murder

By webadmin on 06:23 pm Jul 12, 2012
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Bayu Marhaenjati

Reputed gang leader John Kei is facing the death penalty for allegedly murdering the president director of a steel company in Jakarta, police said on Thursday.

Kei was transferred to Central Jakarta’s Salemba detention center on Wednesday, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said.

“We handed him over to the Jakarta Prosecutors’ Office… and then we escorted him to the Salemba detention center,” Rikwanto said. “John Kei is now in the Salemba detention; he is a detainee of the prosecutors’ office.”

The alleged leader of the Ambon gang in Bekasi, Kei has been charged with committing premeditated murder —a capital offense — for the fatal stabbing of Tan Harry Tantono, the president of Sanex Steel. The 51-year-old executive was found dead in the Swiss-Belhotel in Central Jakarta on January 26.

Police said they have evidence that Kei was a hired gun in the killing. Tan allegedly owed on a Rp 600 million ($67,000) debt.

Kei’s men reportedly ran a debt collection agency, police said.

The case is now in the hands of the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office, Rikwanto said.

The alleged gangster was hospitalized after police shot him in the leg during his arrest in February.