An Indonesian businessman was arrested Saturday on charges that he intended to kill two journalists reporting a land dispute between his palm oil company and people living in the area, according to a report.
Wibharry Padmoasmolo allegedly paid four $ 3,000 to kill Maraden Sianipar and his colleague Maratua Siregar, The Guardian reported.
Police have found the bodies of men in a ditch near a palm plantation in Labuhan Batu in North Sumatra province on October 30, the Jakarta Post reported. They were stabbed several times.
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The killing of Sianipar and Siregar is alleged to have retaliated for their advocacy on behalf of residents in dispute over palm oil company by Padmoasmolo. , police said.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the killing.
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Police say they are looking for more suspects who remain at large.
"We are looking for three, while five other suspects have been detained for further questioning," North Sumatra Police Chief Agus Andrianto said.