The investigation into the murder case of police brigadier Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat has entered an intense new chapter after the victim’s boss, Internal Affairs Division Chief Inspector General Ferdy Sambo, was charged with premeditated murder.
Seven police generals, including National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, held a press conference Tuesday evening to announce the major update to the case.
“The special task force [for the case] has named FS as a suspect,” Listyo said, referring to Ferdy using his initials.
The top cop said investigators have evidence that Ferdy ordered his subordinates to shoot and kill Nofriansyah. Also known as Brigadier J, the 28-year-old cop served as Ferdy’s bodyguard.
In its first press briefings about the case last month, police said that Nofriansyah was gunned down by his colleague, Private Second Class E, in a shootout at the South Jakarta home of their boss, Ferdy, on July 8. The official line from the police is that Nofriansyah had molested Ferdy’s wife and threatened to kill her, before firing at E first after he was caught.
Listyo said the investigation revealed that there was no shootout, as Ferdy staged the crime scene to look like there had been one. Ferdy himself allegedly used Nofriansyah’s gun to fire at the walls of the house, but it’s not yet known whether or not he also shot his bodyguard.
Police have yet to establish Ferdy’s motive for ordering Nofriansyah’s murder. As of today, police have neither confirmed nor denied the sexual assault angle.
Ferdy was charged with premeditated murder, which carries the death penalty under Indonesia’s Criminal Code (KUHP).
In all, police have arrested 11 cops with suspected connections to the murder. One of those is E, who testified to the police that Ferdy ordered him to kill Nofriansyah.
The conspiracy may have run even deeper, as investigators believe 31 cops were complicit in derailing the investigation, such as eradicating CCTV footage from the crime scene, in order to assist Ferdy.