Bogus journalists arrested for blackmailing school principal

INDONESIA - Tangerang Police in Banten have arrested four bogus journalists who allegedly blackmailed an elementary school principal. The suspects have claimed that they work for newspapers Radar Nusantara and Siasat Kota.

According to the head of Tangerang Police's criminal unit, Comr. Siswo Yuono, the police arrested the suspects on Thursday after receiving a report from the principal, Kurtubi.

Siswo explained that the suspects found out that Kurtubi had an affair with a woman.

"They took pictures of Kurtubi and the woman in a hotel in Bogor [West Java] on Aug. 22," Siswo said on Monday as quoted by "Then they asked for Rp 75 million (S$9,000) from Kurtubi in return for not publishing an article and a photo of him having an affair with the woman."

"Kurtubi fulfilled the request and handed Rp 10 million as down payment in Agung Legok Mosque in Tangerang on Aug. 22," Siswo said. "He promised the suspects that he would pay the rest of the money, but instead he went to the police."

From the suspects, the police confiscated two Avanza cars, Rp 5 million in cash and three bogus press cards.

Siswo said that the suspects would be charged with Article 368 of the Criminal Code for extortion, which carried a maximum sentence of nine years of imprisonment.

He added that the police were still tracing the other two suspects who photographed the affair.