"JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Munir Said Thalib, Indonesia's best-known human rights campaigner, started feeling sick shortly after his overnight flight left for Europe last September. After he made brief layover in Singapore, the pain grew so intense that a doctor on board was roused from his sleep to tend to him. Within hours, somewhere in the night skies above Eastern Europe, Munir died."
Source: Washington Post
The question is, who wanted Munir dead? A guess would be the Indonesian military and/or secret police. Perhaps someone in the Yudhoyono government itself. Why do I feel a sinking feeling when I read that Garuda (Indonesia's national airlines) has had its boss sacked and its management board reshufffled? The government's decision is supposedly based on commercial reasons, but is it a sop and diversion for the sake of the Indonesian public, many of whom are outraged over Munir's murder?
Photo: Munir Said Thalib and his wife, Suciwati, at the Jakarta airport. Munir was headed to the Netherlands on Indonesia's state-owned airline when he was given a fatal dose of arsenic.