In­done­sian new­ly­weds ate al­leged rapist’s gen­i­tals

Myan­mar’s for­tune teller MP predicts bright fu­ture

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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