Police names new suspect in cop shooting saga

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Members of the public held a vigil to demand justice for slain Brigadier Josua. (IO/Dumaz Artadi)

Jakarta, IO – The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) general crimes director Brigadier General Andi Rian said his department has named a new suspect in the fatal shooting of Brigadier Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat a.k.a Brigadier J which occurred at the official residence of the police’s internal affairs chief Inspector General Ferdy Sambo.

“The new suspect is an aide to Sambo’s wife Putri Candrawathi namely Brigadier Ricky Rizal (RR). He has been detained at Bareskrim since yesterday,” Andi said, as reported by CNN Indonesia, Monday (8/8).

Andi said the suspect designation levelled against Brigadier RR was determined by a special team of investigators based on newly discovered evidence. He will be charged with Article 340 of the Penal Code on premeditated murder.

However, Andi did not explain in detail the role of Brigadier RR in the case that has captured the public’s attention.