Indonesian Intelligence Service’s Day in Court May Lead to Reform of Agency

Indonesian Intelligence Service’s Day in Court May Lead to Reform of Agency

DENPASAR Indonesia -- The long overdue reform of the murky Indonesian intelligence service, Badan Intelijen Negara (BIN), could be spurred by revelations emerging in the trial of the alleged killer of the country's top human right activist.

Munir Said Thalib, known simply as Munir, died from arsenic poisoning while on a flight on Garuda, Indonesia's national airline, from Jakarta to Amsterdam via Singapore on Sept. 7, 2004.

Pollycarpus Budi Priyanto, an off-duty pilot who travelled on the same flight to Singapore, was first jailed for the murder, but then acquitted in October 2006 by the Supreme Court due to lack of evidence.

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