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Indonesian Pilot Charged in Murder of Human Rights Activist

Prosecutors in Jakarta have filed charges against an Indonesian airline pilot accused of helping poison a human rights activist last year on a Garuda Indonesia flight to Amsterdam.

Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto was charged Friday with helping plan and carry out the September 7 murder of Munir Said Thalib. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to death.

Mr. Munir was a vocal critic of human rights abuses by the Indonesian military in its campaigns against separatists in Aceh and Papua provinces. He also provided legal counsel for victims of officially sanctioned violence and repression during the years ex-President Suharto was in power, ending in 1998.

An independent team investigating Mr. Munir's death has said Indonesia's intelligence agency may have been involved in his death.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.