The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that one of the two dead women allegedly murdered by a British banker in Hong Kong was an Indonesian citizen, while indicating that the second could also be from Indonesia.
Ministry spokesperson Michael Tene said on Monday that the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong had been working with local authorities to confirm the second victim's identity and nationality.
"This morning, our consulate in Hong Kong confirmed that the first victim was Indonesian. It seems the second victim may also have been Indonesian, but we are still investigating her identity," Michael said, adding that he hoped to be able to provide confirmation soon.
He refused, however, to disclose further details of either victim.
"I am not in a position to disclose the victims' personal information," he said.
The murdered Indonesian woman has been named as 25-year-old Sumarti Ningsih, from Cilacap, Central Java.
Michael revealed that the ministry had been attempting to convey the news of the killing to Sumarti's family members in Indonesia.
Hong Kong police charged Rurik Jutting on Monday with the murder of two women. Sumarti's body was found in a suitcase on the balcony of the man's upscale apartment, AP reported.
Jutting appeared briefly before a magistrate, speaking only to confirm that he understood the two murder charges against him.
The killings have shocked Hong Kong, an Asian financial hub with a reputation as a safe city with a low rate of violent crime.
Michael denied reports that Sumarti had entered Hong Kong illegally. "She entered Hong Kong on a tourist visa," he said.
Indonesian Consulate spokeswoman Sam Aryadi said that records showed that Sumarti entered Hong Kong on a tourist visa on Oct 4 and was given permission to stay until Nov 3.
Court documents listed Jutting's nationality as British and his occupation as a banker with Bank of America. Jutting worked for the bank until recently, Bank of America Merrill Lynch spokesman Paul Scanlon said on Sunday, without providing further details.