Tiger killing and theft plotted in jail
The Jakarta Post
Wed, 09/02/2009 10:11 PM
Jambi Police are still searching for two men accused of masterminding the killing and theft of a Sumatran tiger from its cage at the Taman Rimba Jambi Zoo on Aug. 22, following the arrest of a suspect.
Syamsuddin alias Udin Bolu, who was arrested last week, said Iwan and Mukmin were the brains behind the crime.
“We planned the theft and killing when we were serving our jail sentences. The plan was discussed between May and June this year,” said Udin, who has been in prison six times for various criminal cases.
Udin said he accepted Iwan’s request for assistance due to their childhood friendship and to pay back Iwan’s donation aid. For his role, Udin was promised to receive Rp 18 million, Rp 8 million of which was transferred in advance.
Udin said Iwan was only taking orders from a businessman living in the South Sumatra capital of Palembang.
The thieves stole the skin and flesh of a 25-year-old tiger called Sheila, the remaining tiger at the zoo, after feeding it with poisoned bait.