'Financial pressures' led to suicide of businessman, say police

Jakarta Police say that financial pressures might have led 44-year-old Rubby Suhardi, director of garment manufacturing company PT Indah Lonindo, to commit suicide at the Hotel Gran Mahakam in South Jakarta on Tuesday.

Jakarta Police chief detective of general crimes Sr. Comr. Heru Pranoto told reporters on Friday that the alleged motive was discovered when they questioned Rubby's relatives.

"We are still in the middle of the investigation and have only touched the surface. However, there is a clear indication that he had financial burdens. However, we have yet to discover whether or not this was due to debt or other economic factors," he said.

Heru added that all evidence pointed to suicide. So far, the police have questioned seven witnesses, including hotel staff members and Rubby's relatives.

He explained that Rubby was found dead with a gunshot wound in his head in his hotel room by hotel staff on Tuesday after Rubby did not check out on time by 12 p.m.

"There was very little chance that he was killed and this was most evident from the gunshot wound," Heru said.

Currently, the police were waiting for Rubby's autopsy results in order to determine the time of death.

Local media reports said that Rubby had a wife but did not disclose whether he had children.

Rubby's suicide was not the only recent death connected to financial problems.

Last month, 46-year-old Sulaiman Tanudjaja, director of an electronics company in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, leapt to his death from the 56th floor of the BCA Tower on Jl. Thamrin in Central Jakarta. At the time, police suspected that he committed suicide because of financial problems faced by his company.

A retired soldier, 54-year-old Nono Maryono, also committed suicide by throwing himself off the Kedaton bridge in Tangerang, Banten, on Sept. 30. His body was found on the edge of the Kedaton toll road and they also suspected financial issues stemming from a recent divorce to be the victim's motive.

In 2010, the World Health Organisation reported that the suicide rate in Indonesia stood at 1.6 to 1.8 per 100,000 people or 5,000 people per year.

Apart from looking into Rubby's motive, Heru said, the police were also investigating where Rubby obtained the 32 millimeter Beretta handgun he was found holding at the scene of the crime. Heru said the police were investigating this because Rubby only had a permit for a rubber-bullet gun.

"We are investigating whether or not he obtained the gun through illegal means and are trying to track it down to the source," he said.