The China Post with The Jakarta Post/ANN
A posh cafe in Jakarta found itself at the center of a high-profile “poisoned coffee” murder but instead of losing customers, it actually saw a boon in business.
Jessica Kumala Wongso was convicted of using cyanide-laced Vietnamese iced coffee to murder her friend Wayan Mirna Salihin when they shared a table at the Olivier Café in Central Jakarta on Jan. 6, 2016.
According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the cafe saw an uptick in business as people started coming in asking for the same type of iced cafe that killed Mirna — and to be seated at the same place the victim was when she died.
The CNA quoted a Jakarta journalist as saying that she herself enjoyed hanging out at the cafe. She has, however, taken extra precaution with her beverage.
Wongso was convicted by the Central Jakarta District Court of murdering Mirna on Oct. 27, 2016. Wongso later appealed to the Jakarta High Court but the judges rejected her.
The ruling was controversial because of a lack of evidence from eyewitnesses that could prove Wongso put cyanide into Mirna’s coffee on Jan. 6.
Judge Partahi Tulus Hutapea said the judges’ decision to use circumstantial evidence to determine Jessica’s guilty was legitimate because it was Jessica who had ordered the Vietnamese iced coffee and that she was the only one who had access to the beverage before Mirna drank it.
On June 22, the Indonesian Supreme Court dashed the hopes of Wongso to be released from her 20-year prison sentence.
A panel of Supreme Court judges, Artidjo Alkostar, Salman Luthan and Sumardiyatmo, turned down Jessica’s cassation appeal.
“(We) reject the cassation,” said the Supreme Court spokesman Suhadi as quoted by tribunnews.com on Wednesday.
Lawyer Otto Hasibuan said on Wednesday that his client would file the request for a case review with the Supreme Court.