Indonesia: US murder trial should proceed

2015-01-28 19:11
Heather Mack, stands at the police district headquarters after she was brought in for questioning in relation to the death of her mother, in Bali, Indonesia. (Firdia Lisnawati, AP)

Heather Mack, stands at the police district headquarters after she was brought in for questioning in relation to the death of her mother, in Bali, Indonesia. (Firdia Lisnawati, AP)

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Bali - Indonesian prosecutors say the trial of an American couple charged with murdering the woman's mother should proceed despite defence arguments that the indictments are inaccurate and should be annulled.

The badly beaten body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, aged 62, was found in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi outside an upscale hotel in Bali last year.

Heather Mack, aged 19, and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, aged 21, both from Chicago, are being tried separately at the Denpasar District Court on Bali.

State prosecutor Eddy Arta Wijaya argued on Wednesday that the indictment and the charges are very clear.

The couple's lawyers have said mistakes in the prosecutors' indictment raised questions of whether other people entered the victim's room and killed her.

Judges will decide if the trial should move forward next Monday.

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