French man accused of molesting 300 Indonesian children kills himself in prison

A French man who faced death by firing squad killed himself in prison after being accused of molesting more than 300 children and beating those who refused to have sex with him.

Francois Camille Abello, 65, was found last Thursday unresponsive inside his cell at a detention centre in Jakarta, said police spokesman Yusri Yunus.

‘After three days of treatment, he was pronounced dead,’ Yunus told reporters on Monday.

Umar Shahab, an official at National Police Hospital in Jakarta, said doctors reported the French retiree had a neck fracture, and the injury blocked the supply of oxygen.

The pensioner was arrested last month in a hotel in Jakarta with two underage girls in his room.

He was paraded in handcuffs wearing an orange prison shirt and facemask at a police press conference on Thursday, the same day he was found unresponsive inside his cell.

At the press conference, Police said they found cameras and videos on Abello’s computer that showed him engaging in illegal sex acts with over 300 children aged between 10 and 17. They also said he would approach children and lure them with offers of work as models. Those who refused him sex were beaten.

‘He would approach children and lure them by offering them work as models,’ Jakarta police chief Nana Sudjana told reporters.

‘The ones who agreed to have sex with him would get paid between 250,000 and one million rupiah ($17-70).


‘Those who didn’t want to have sex would be beaten, slapped, and kicked by the suspect,’ he added.


Abello faced life in prison, chemical castration, or even execution by firing squad if convicted on a raft of charges under Indonesia’s child protection laws.

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