Three West Java Police officers will face disciplinary sanctions ranging from written warnings to dismissal for violating their code of conduct in their involvement with Fransisca Yofie, a Bandung woman who was brutally murdered on Aug. 5.
The West Java Police have questioned Sr. Comr. Albertus Eko Budiarto, who had an affair with the murder victim, and Second Brig. A.F. and Brig. F.P., only identified by their initials, who allegedly took orders from Albertus to spy on Fransisca.
“The police officers who violated [the code of conduct] are facing seven possibilities [of sanctions],” said West Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul, as quoted by Kompas.com on Wednesday.
Martinus said the proposed punishments included demotion, written warning, reassignment, dismissal and postponement of promotions, education opportunities and salary hikes.
“It will be done cumulatively with regard to the seven sanctions. For instance, the written warning will be coupled with a delay. The sanctions will depend on the extent of the disciplinary violation,” he said, adding that the punishments would be determined next week.
Fransisca was killed on Aug. 5 by two men on a motorcycle who dragged her by the hair for 500 meters before fatally wounding her with a machete in what they claimed was a bag-snatching attempt gone wrong. However, the investigation uncovered indications that the crime was not merely an accident.
Investigators found evidence of Fransisca’s relationship with Albertus in letters and photographs at her home.
When the relationship soured in 2012, Albertus reportedly had his subordinates spy on his former mistress, hounding her as she moved to three different homes in an apparent attempt to elude her jilted lover.
Sr. Comr. Sudrajat, the West Java Police’s internal affairs said chief, said Albertus had admitted to having an affair with the murder victim from 2010 until 2012, but claimed that he had not seen her since.
Sudrajat said Albertus was not linked to Fransisca’s murder and that the officer was staying at a hotel with his wife at the time that the murder took place.
“We have traced Albertus’s presence and explanations during the time of Sisca’s murder on Monday, Aug. 5. We have also checked with the hotel staff who were on duty that night,” Sudrajat said, adding that investigators had checked the phones of both the victim and the officer and found no evidence linking Albertus to the crime.