An Indonesian businessman was arrested on Saturday for orchestrating the killing of two journalists who reported on a land dispute between his palm oil company and locals, according to a report. a report.
Wibharry Padmoasmolo was accused of paying four thousand dollars (US $ 3,000) to kill Maraden Sianipar and his colleague Maratua Siregar, The Guardian reported.
Police found the bodies of men in a ditch near a palm plantation in Labuhan Batu, North Sumatra province, on October 30, reported the Jakarta Post. They had been stabbed several times.
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The killings of Sianipar and Siregar would be in retaliation for their actions in favor of the residents of the conflict with the oil company Padmoasmolo, said the police.
Five people were arrested for murder.
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Police said they were looking for other fugitive suspects.
"We are looking for all three, while the other five suspects have been arrested for questioning," North Sumatra police chief Agus Andrianto said.