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US lawyer tells Bali suitcase murder suspects to keep quiet until he arrives

Published on Aug 21, 2014 9:26 PM

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - A United States attorney advised an American teen and her boyfriend not to make any statements about the death of the woman's mother, whose body was found in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali, until he arrives, an Indonesian lawyer said on Thursday.

The couple's police-appointed lawyer Haposan Sihombing said he spoke with Mr Elkin on Wednesday and the American lawyer had not yet confirmed he would be travelling to Indonesia.

Mr Sihombing said Ms Mack had refused to talk to him. "I again tried to explain to Heather that under Indonesian law, if Michael Elkin does come, he could not act as her lawyer," Mr Sihombing told Reuters. "I told her this is being uncooperative. You must not be secretive and be open about this."

Asked if Ms Mack was sure Mr Elkin would come, Mr Sihombing said: "She is sure he will come and has said that Elkin advised her to give no statement until he arrives."

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