Kuta Cowboys: Search for ‘Mystery Woman’


Police pursuing the case of the Kuta Cowboys – the so-called gigolos who featured in a handycam “film” made by a Singaporean filmmaker – say they have interviewed all six of the men who appear in the small segment of the movie so far seen.

But they have so far been able to find a mystery woman who they believe has information that would help them declare a suspect.

The six they have interviewed are young men who work at Kuta Beach as surfing instructors – named as Bima, Denis, Arnold, Fendi and Argo – and Ubud identity Ketut Suardana, husband of restaurateur and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival chief Janet De Neefe, who says he appears in the film because Singaporean filmmaker Amit Virmani told him he wanted to talk about HIV/AIDS.

Police said this week the Kuta beach boys all claimed they did not know Virmani was making a film about gigolos. One said he didn’t even know Virmani was filming.

All six are still formally regarded as witnesses and may be questioned again, police said this week.

Police spokesman Gede Sugianyar said the investigation team also planned to interview everyone who appears in the film and Virmani himself, who is in Singapore. They have requested assistance in interviewing Virmani through the national police headquarters and Interpol.

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