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(ABC Radio Australia ) – A police officer in Indonesia has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in sectarian violence on the island of Sulawesi , including the beheading of a Christian village chief. Officials say Second Sergeant Refendi was arrested in Poso in Central Sulawesi province, an area plagued by sporadic violence between Muslims and Christians since major clashes four years ago left more than 1,000 people dead. Central Sulawesi police chief, Arayanto Sutadi, confirmed Refendi had been arrested in connection with the murder in November and a case of embezzling government relief aid to victims of the sectarian conflict.
The headless corpse of Carminalis Ndele, the head of the predominantly Christian village of Pinedapa , near Poso, was found on November 1. Two other people have been arrested and several others are under questioning.