(From AFP)

An Indonesian woman accused of murdering a friend with cyanide-laced coffee went on trial Wednesday, in a case that has caused tensions between Indonesia and Australia over the death penalty.

Indonesian suspect Jessica Kumala Wongso (center) is guarded by her lawyers after her trial in Jakarta on June 15

Jessica Kumala Wongso, who is an Australian permanent resident, denies the premeditated murder of her college friend Wayan Mirna Salihin, who collapsed and died after drinking the coffee at an upmarket Jakarta cafe in January.

The case has attracted huge national attention and hundreds of journalists attended the start of the trial, while dozens of the victim’s supporters held a small rally outside court demanding her alleged killer be handed a tough sentence. Read More

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