Former West Sumatra Police Chief Irjen Teddy Minahasa Charged with Drug Trafficking: False Claims of Death Penalty by National Police Chief
Former West Sumatra Police Chief Irjen Teddy Minahasa is facing charges for drug trafficking cases under Article 114 Paragraph 3 sub Article 112 Paragraph 2 Jo Article 132 Paragraph 1 Jo Article 55 Law Number 35 of 2009. As the hearing approaches, a video has been circulating on Facebook claiming that National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo has sentenced Teddy to death. However, the Tirto Research Team has found no evidence to support this claim.
The video, shared by a Facebook account called Doa Ibu, shows a thumbnail photo of Teddy with the Chief of Police and Coordinating Minister for Polhukam Mahfud MD. The picture reads, Marwah Kapolri Tercemar, Listyo Sigit Murka Langsung Perintahkan Teddy Dihukum Mati. The video also includes footage of a press conference by the Director of Drug Crime (Dittipidobat) of the Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) of the National Police, Brigadier General Krisno Halomoan Siregar. At 2:13, the narrator of the video conveys the shocking confession of Irjen Teddy Minahasa, who said that many police members set aside drug evidence to be sold later, which was responded to by Bareskrim.
Despite the video's claims, there is no evidence that the National Police Chief has sentenced Teddy to death. The Tribun Medan published an article on March 22, 2023, titled Bareskrim Bertindak Gara-gara Ucapan Irjen Teddy Minahasa, Polisi Sisihkan BB Narkoba untuk Dijual. The article reports on Brigadier General Krisno's readiness to be audited regarding Teddy's statement about police members setting aside drug evidence for sale but does not mention any death sentence imposed by the Chief of Police on Teddy.
The false claims made in the video have been viewed over 218,000 times and received 3,800 likes and 1,000 comments. However, it is important to seek out verified sources and not rely on unverified claims on social media platforms.
In conclusion, former West Sumatra Police Chief Irjen Teddy Minahasa is facing drug trafficking charges, but there is no evidence that the National Police Chief has sentenced him to death. It is crucial to rely on verified sources for accurate information and avoid spreading unverified claims on social media.