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US murder suspect in Bali denied private legal consultations: Lawyer

Published on Aug 26, 2014 1:16 AM
US teen Heather Mack, suspected in the murder of her mother Sheila von Wiese Mack, gestures while in custody at a police station in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 14, 2014. On Monday, Mack's US-based lawyer claimed that the teenager was not being allowed to meet privately with her legal team. -- PHOTO: AFP 

CHICAGO (REUTERS) - A Chicago-area teenager detained in connection with the death of her mother on the resort island of Bali is not being allowed to meet privately with her legal team in Indonesia, her US-based lawyer said on Monday.

Michael Elkin, Chicago-based attorney for 19-year-old Heather Mack, called on Indonesian authorities to allow her local legal advisers and investigators working on her case to meet with her in a private setting.

Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, 21, were arrested on Aug 13 as suspects in the death of Mack's mother, 62-year-old Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose battered body was found in a suitcase in a taxi outside the luxury St Regis hotel.

Mack and her mother had a troubled relationship and von Wiese-Mack had frequently reported that her daughter punched and bit her, according to police reports cited by Chicago media.

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