Pollycarpus Priyanto

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Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto (born 25 January 1961 in Surakarta) is a former Garuda Indonesia airline pilot. He poisoned human rights activist Munir Said Thalib with arsenic on 7 September 2004. On 8 August 2005, he went on trial for the murder.

In December 2005, Priyanto was found guilty and sentenced to fourteen years' imprisonment. In October 2006, his charge was annulled by the Supreme Court, citing insufficient evidence.[1]

He was released on 26 December 2006, after receiving a month reduction on his sentence - less than the time remaining to serve - as part of a holiday amnesty.

The Supreme Court then re-opened the case for a judicial review, and he was sentenced again on 24 January 24, 2008, this time to 20 years.[2][3]

In November 2014, Priyanto was released from prison on parole.[4] He completed his parole term on 29 August 2018 and was declared completely free.[5]

In March 2018, it was announced Pollycarpus had become a member of Tommy Suharto's Berkarya Party.[6]


  1. ^ BBC
  2. ^ BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Pilot guilty of activist murder
  3. ^ Activist's killer jailed for 20 years | World news | The Guardian
  4. ^ Munir's murderer released on parole, Website Jakarta Post, 29 November 2014
  5. ^ Fikri, Ahmad (29 August 2018). "Pollycarpus, Convicted Killer in Munir Murder Case, Freed Today". Tempo.co. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  6. ^ Maharini, Tsarini (7 March 2018). "Pollycarpus Bergabung ke Partai Tommy Soeharto". detikcom. Retrieved 7 March 2018.

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