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Indonesian trance club threatened with closure

The New Paper | Friday, May 23, 2014

The interior of Stadium, nightclub in West Jakarta, which has long been infamous for rampant drug use and prostitution.

INDONESIA - It is considered the most notorious nightclub in Jakarta.

Stadium, in West Jakarta, has long been infamous for rampant drug use and prostitution.

Jakarta's acting governor, Mr Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, has ordered the club to be shut following the drug-related death of a police officer on Friday.

Mr Basuki said his administration had coordinated with the National Police's criminal investigation division to investigate the case.

He said that he had warned the management of the nightclub to stamp out drug use in its premises, the Jakarta Globe reported.

"This is outrageous," the governor said, "We warned them we would shut them down if they were caught a second time. Now we have really got them."

A Jakarta police spokesman said the police officer from North Sulawesi, Jicky Vay Gumerung, 22, died after visiting Stadium on Friday afternoon.

An autopsy found ecstasy and methamphetamine in his system.

Said the spokesman: "Four police officers (the victim and three others) were undergoing training at West Java. They had four days off, so they went to the nightclub during the weekend."

Newsportal Tempo.co reported that his three colleagues have allegedly tested positive for drugs and had been detained pending a handover to the police's internal affairs division.

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