Spain detains Pakistani over chopping murder

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Spanish police detained a Pakistani man accused of stabbing a man to death in Indonesia and then chopping his body into pieces, the interior ministry said Thursday.

Police arrested the 32-year-old, identitied only by his intitials I.F.S., as he was about to enter a metro station in central Madrid, it said in a statement.

Indonesian authorities had issued an international arrest warrant for his arrest following a kidnap-murder in the town of Karawang, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Jakarta, in June 2010.

The man and his wife are accused of contacting the victim with the pretext of hiring him to create a web page, and then kidnapping him for ransom, the interior ministry said.

"The crime culminated in a lethal knife stabbing and then dismemberment, with different parts of the body placed in bags and suitcases within refrigerators and then dispersed around Karawang," it said.

The woman was arrested in Indonesia but her husband fled to Spain, where he had lived before, at the end of September.

He got a job at a restaurant in Cordoba in southwestern Spain but after one week he attacked the owner with a knife and stole 6,000 euros (8,000 dollars) from him. He then moved to Madrid.

© 2010 AFP

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