Indonesian lawmaker urges agency to protect drug lord's ex-girlfriend

INDONESIA - A lawmaker has called on the Witness and Victims Protection Agency (LPSK) to protect Vanny Rosyanne, a glamour model and former girlfriend of drug lord Freddy Budiman, who is currently being held in Nusakambangan prison in Cilacap.

Didi Irawadi Syamsuddin of the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal and security affairs said the LPSK should consider the fact that Vanny was a whistleblower who had the courage to reveal illicit practices within the prison. reported on Saturday.

In July, Vanny came into the media spotlight following her outspoken televised testimony during which she claimed she was allowed to make conjugal visits to Freddy, who was sentenced to death on July 15, and used drugs while in prison. Vanny claimed they had been able to do so after Rp 50 million (S$5,500) in cash had .been paid directly to a prison official.

Cipinang Narcotics Prison Chief Warden Thurman Hutapea was replaced following Vanny's testimony

"LPSK should give her legal and physical protection. She could be under threat from Freddy," Didi, who is also the son of Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin, said.

Vanny was arrested on Tuesday in a hotel in Jakarta, where the police confiscated two packages of shabu-shabu (the local term for methamphetamine) and drug paraphernalia. Preliminary police investigations have found that she tested positive for drugs.(hrl/dic)