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Indon Police Hold Man For Cannibalism • Friday January 17, 2003

Bernama (Malaysia), Jan. 17, 2003

JAKARTA, Jan 17 (Bernama) — Indonesian police have arrested a man from Purbalingga district of Central Java after he was was found to have stolen a human corpse and eaten it to obtain supernatural power.

Purbalingga police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Agus Sofyan Abadi said Sumanto, 31, a resident of Palumutan village, had admitted to digging the corpse of Rina from her grave and eating parts of the body.

“He took the body to his house before mutilating it into pieces as his meal, which is part of the spiritual requirement to obtain the so-called supernatural power,” he told the ElShinta radio station, here.

Sofyan said Sumanto was arrested after villagers discovered that the corpse of Rina, who died at the old age of 80, had dissappeared from its grave on Sunday, a day after she was buried.

The villagers organised a search for the missing body and discovered pieces of human meat in a wok and inside three bottles in Sumanto’s bamboo house, some 3km from the cemetery the following day. They then informed the police of the gruesome find.

Sofyan said interrogation of Sumanto showed that his cult

Sumanto is also a suspect in the disappearance of a man from the same village in the middle of last year.

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