Indonesian newlyweds ate alleged rapist’s genitals
Myanmar’s fortune teller MP predicts bright future
BANDAR LAMPUNG: A newlywed Indonesian couple have been arrested over claims they dined on the genitals of the woman’s suspected rapist after her husband allegedly murdered him and cut off his private parts, police said yesterday. The victim’s body was found in a burnt-out van after a suspected revenge attack sparked by claims from the new wife she was raped a week before her wedding on Sumatra island.
The husband, 30-year-old Rudi Efendi, has admitted murdering the man after discovering his wife was not a virgin on their wedding night in September and being told of the alleged rape, but insists he acted alone. “I was so outraged,” Efendi told reporters after his arrest last month, adding that deciding to eat the victim’s genitals was “to cure my heartache”. Police say that after murdering the man, Efendi took YANGON: For part-time astrologer Aung Shwe, success in Myanmar’s historic elections was written in the stars long before the ballot box made him the only member of his political party to win at the polls. The Democratic Party candidate for Mandalay’s regional parliament said his victory in the November 8 vote came as no surprise, in a nation where the occult is believed to be as common in the highest echelons of power as it is on streetside stalls.
“I made a calculation using my date of birth and my astrological thinking and I found I would win this election,” he said, adding that the absence of competition from Aung San Suu Kyi’s wildly popular party may also have smoothed his way to a seat. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a resounding landslide that wiped many smaller parties from parliament and looks set to redraw the political landscape in Myanmar after decades of military domination.
A new parliament, due to sit in February, will see a flood of fledgling NLD lawmakers including poets, hip-hop stars, former political prisoners and doctors. The size of the home the victim’s severed genitals, ordered his 20-year-old wife to cook them, and the pair then ate them together. The victim was a driver, whom the wife used to date. Sulistyaningsih, a local police spokeswoman who goes by one name said: “The case is still under investigation but we strongly suspect that this is a premeditated murder.” The husband is accused of carrying out the murder, while police believe the wife acted as an accomplice. The victim was found dead in early October in a burntout van in Tulangbawang district, Lampung province. Police later arrested Efendi and his wife. Efendi had ordered his wife to contact the victim and set up a meeting, according to police. But when the victim arrived, he found only Efendi, who then allegedly stabbed him to death, cut off his genitals and set the vehicle on fire.— AFP NLD victory took many political analysts by surprise. Not so for Aung Shwe. “I also knew the NLD would celebrate such a landslide, by astrology,” said the former school teacher, who gave up his career in education in favour of politics to pursue a “vision for my country”. Myanmar’s fortune tellers are thought to be behind several unexplained occurrences in the country, including the abrupt decision by the former junta to relocate the capital in 2005.
Reliance on astrologers dates back hundreds of years-Myanmar’s former kings regularly consulted their fortune tellers and even now most ordinary people have an astrological chart drawn up at birth. Ne Win, the strongman who ruled Myanmar for around three decades, was notorious for his use of mystics. In the late 1980s, the military leader caused economic chaos when he introduced notes in the local kyat currency of 45 and 90, because the numbers added up to his lucky number nine. Aung Shwe plans to promote business and development during his time in the parliament in Mandalay. “Myanmar has a brighter future, according to my astrology,” he said confidently.—AFP
BANDAR LAMPUNG: Photos shows suspected murderers Rudi Efendi (center) and his wife Nuriah (center front). A newlywed Indonesian couple stands accused of dining on the genitals of a man believed to have raped a woman after her husband allegedly murdered him and cut off his private parts. — AFP