Prabangsa Trial Goes Ahead: Judges

DENPASAR ~ Hearing of charges against the chief defendant in the Prabangsa murder trial continued on Tuesday this week, with the judges holding an agenda examination to hear from prosecutors as to how they propose to lead evidence in the case.

Nyoman Susrama, younger brother of the regent of Bangli, faces the death penalty if found guilty of the murder in February this year of leading Bali journalist Anak Agung Gede Bagus Narendra Prabangsa, who was investigating alleged corruption in Bangli at the time of his death.

Tuesday’s hearing followed a decision by judges last week to deny an application by defence attorneys for Susrama to end the trial.

Six other six defendants who face the death sentence are appearing separately. They are Ida Bagus Made Adnyana aka Gus-Oblong; I Komang Gede ST; Nyoman Wiradnyana aka Recana; Komang Gede Mangde Wardana alias Mangde; Dewa Gede Mulya Antara aka Dewa Sumbawa; and Wayan Suecita alias Wayan Maong.

The case against the eighth and ninth defendants, Endy Mashuri alias Endy and Dariatno aka James Nano, who are accused of being accessories to the crime and face up to nine months in jail if convicted, is being heard in a third separate trial.

Prabangsa was found dead in the sea off Bungsil Beach in Karangasem on February 16 this year. He had been beaten. The prosecution alleges he was attacked at Susrama’s house in Bangli, then driven to the beach and dumped in the sea.

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