Catholic among 4 Indonesian officials on alleged murder hit list

Indonesian police guard the Jakarta offices of the Elections Commission last month as crowds gather to protest ballot results that gave Indonesian President Joko Widodo a second term following elections in April. Image: Konradus Epa/

By Katharina R. Lestari in Jakarta

A Catholic was among four top Indonesian officials allegedly targeted for assassination in a plot possibly linked to post-election riots in Jakarta last month, police say.

Gregorius “Gories” Mere, former head of the anti-terror squad, Densus 88 and who now heads an intelligence and security unit attached to the presidential staff, was named on the list of those to be killed, National Police chief General Tito Karnavian told reporters late last week.

The three other names included Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and the State Intelligence Agency chief Budi Gunawan.

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The police chief said a fifth person, who heads an opinion polling agency, was also targeted, but did not name him.

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