Seven held following fatal soccer clash in Indonesia

Jakarta (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - The Indonesian police revealed on Saturday that they had arrested seven suspects for their alleged involvement in the brawl between soccer fans at the Bung Karno Sports Complex on May 27 that left three dead and five injured.

"Six of them were directly involved, while another posted a provocative report about the brawl on his Facebook account," the police's mobile detective chief, Adj. Sr. Comr. Herry Heryawan, told reporters.

The suspects were identified by their initials RY, BK, AR, ZN, TW, BP and IR. The first six have been charged with fatal assault under the Criminal Code, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment. IR was charged under the 2008 Information and Electronic Transaction Law for posting the Facebook report.

The three dead victims in the brawl have been identified as Lazuardi, Dani Maulana, and Rangga Cipta Nugraha. The incident took place after a match between soccer clubs Persija of Jakarta and Persib of Bandung.

The fanbases of both clubs, respectively known as Jakmania and Viking, are infamous for their bitter rivalry.

According to Herry, the six suspects - apart from IR - all took part in beating Lazuardi, who reportedly "showed no emotion" when Persija scored a goal, making the suspects think he was a Persib supporter.

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