Jakarta Police Spokesman Chief Commr. Yusri Yunus, right. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)

Jakarta Businessman Detained for Abducting Employee


JANUARY 16, 2020

Jakarta. A businessman was detained on Thursday for allegedly abducting and torturing his own employee for nine days after accusing him of embezzlement.

Police said the key suspect, identified only as Andri, gave himself up to the police, after the victim was freed during a raid on Wednesday night.

The victim, Mike Goenawan, was abducted on Jan. 7 for allegedly embezzling Rp 21 million ($1,540) in cash belonging to event organizer company One Hundred Percent Production (OHP).

He was kept in captivity at the company's Jakarta office on Jalan Pulomas Barat IV, Pulo Gadung, East Jakarta. Police earlier arrested three other people during the raid.

"We have detained four people in this case. [Andri] is the mastermind who ordered the abduction. The three other suspects, who also work at the same company, were ordered to watch over the victim," Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Commr. Yusri Yunus told reporters.

"The victim suffered from cigarette burns and punches. Initial reports said he got only one meal per day while in captivity," he said.

During the raid, the police arrested Asep Priatna, Joggy Cana Siregar and Agus Jaka, following a report by the victim's wife.

"The victim is undergoing a forensic medical examination as there were visible wounds from cigarette burns and punches. We will question him about what he endured during his captivity," Yusri said.

"His wife reported to the Jakarta Police [on Tuesday] that he had been abducted for eight days. Our team went to the office in the Pulomas area and found the victim there. We arrested three men who guarded him," he said.

Andri, OHP's regional manager in Jakarta, accused Mike of embezzling money between November and December last year after seeing the company's audit results. The victim had admitted wrongdoing and promised to settle the problem, but that was not enough for the manager, Yusri said.

"The boss should have reported the case to police but he turned to vigilantism by abducting and torturing the victim," he said.

The suspects could face five years in jail for abduction and torture.