Indonesian VP asks Singapore court for fair verdict in David’s case

Erwida Maulia
The Jakarta Post

Indonesian vice-president-elect Boediono has asked the Singaporean coroner court trying the case of the death of Indonesian student David Hartanto Widjaya to settle it fairly.

The former central bank government made the call Tuesday at the city-state, while addressing a forum at Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Boediono also expressed his condolences over David’s death in the opening of his speech before senior Singaporean government officials and NTU professors, said blogger Iwan Piliang, who has been assisting David’s family in trying to uncover the real cause behind the NTU student’s death.

Iwan said David’s family had formally protested Boediono’s visit to NTU, but later rescinded the complaint after the latter promised to touch on the case in his speech.

The court is scheduled to read out the verdict Wednesday.

“We’d heard about Boediono’s plan to address a forum at NTU on July 28, just a day before the coroner court is scheduled to read out the verdict [on David’s death],” Iwan told The Jakarta Post from Singapore.

After his speech, Boediono met privately with David’s family, in Singapore to attend Wednesday’s verdict.

David was found dead in early March, having reportedly killed himself, but his family insisted he was murdered.

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