Agence France Presse
Jakarta, March 30:
A man facing trial for a double murder shot himself today in a fight with the driver of a prison van as he tried to escape on the way to court.Gunawan Santoso, who had acquired a gun, shot himself when the driver kicked him as he tried to escape in a traffic jam, said Jakarta police spokesman Prasetyo. He was being treated in hospital.
Santoso was travelling without an escort in the van from Jakartaâ€™s Salemba prison, Prasetyo said.â€œWe are trying to find out why he had $4,000, a gun in his hand and two sets of handcuffs,â€ Prasetyo said on Elshinta radio. Jakarta detective chief, Chief Commissioner Mathius Salempang, said they are investigating whether Santoso received help from someone inside the prison. â€œHe is still under treatment in hospital and refusing to talk to us. Weâ€™ll get to the bottom of this problem,â€ Salempang told AFP. No immediate comment was available from the prison.
Santoso is on trial for ordering the murder last year of Budi Angsana, a company president who was also his father-in-law, and of Angsanaâ€™s bodyguard.Angsana had fired Santoso as the director of one of his companies.