Fam­ily Murderer Andi Lala to Face Pos­si­ble Death Sen­tence


The mur­der of a fam­ily which took place in Medan in early April, 2017 has sparked out­rage in In­done­sia. Andi Lala, who is re­port­edly the mastermind be­hind the mas­sacre is look­ing at life im­pris­on­ment or even a death sen­tence.

Two weeks after the trau­matic in­ci­dent, po­lice broke into his Riau home and es­corted him to Medan on April 16, 2017, for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice com­mis­sioner Nur­fal­lah re­vealed the mo­tive be­hind Lala’s crime. Re­port­edly, Lala and one of the vic­tims Riyanto (40) had prob­lems re­lated to a drug deal gone awry. “Ac­cord­ing to Andi Lala’s con­fes­sion, he and Riyanto were meth ad­dicts. Lala paid Riyanto Rp. 5 mil­lion ( US$375) for meth, but Lala never re­ceived the meth. When Riyanto was asked about the drugs, he be­came an­gry and yelled at Lala,” ex­plained Nur­fal­lah on April 17, 2017.

On the day of the in­ci­dent, Lala vis­ited Riyanto’s house and gave him a 300-gram bag of meth for them to con­sume. Lala then at­tacked Riyanto when he was dis­tracted. But Lala did not only kill Riyanto, as there were four other mur­der vic­tims in­clud­ing Riyanto’s wife Sri Ariyanti (40), his mother-in-law Su­marni (60), his daugh­ter Sy­ifa (13) and his son Gi­lang (8).

Po­lice re­vealed that Riyanto and his fam­ily were not Lala’s first vic­tims. In 2015, Lala’s wife had an af­fair with a man named Suher­wan. An­gered by this, Lala mur­dered Suher­wan and dumped the body in a river in Lubuk Pakam.

“We are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­for­ma­tion. Re­gard­ing the two mur­der cases, Andi Lala might face crim­i­nal laws 338 and 340 for pre­med­i­tated mur­der,” said Su­mut Chief of Po­lice Ry­cko Amelza Dah­niel. Cur­rently, Lala may face 20 years im­pris­on­ment, life im­pris­on­ment or even the death penalty.

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