Jenny asks Amelia to fulfill at an upmarket café to catch up after years of not seeing one another. Jenny orders a cup of espresso for Amelia, who drank it and instantly had seizures and foamed on the mouth. She died on the scene, with an investigation revealing that her drink was spiked with cyanide.
That’s how a scene performed out within the first episode of Sianida (Indonesian for cyanide), a brand new sinetron (Indonesian cleaning soap opera) produced by MVP Leisure and streaming on native platform WeTV.
If the scene above sounds acquainted to you, that’s as a result of it was seemingly lifted from the real-life case of Wayan Mirna Salihin, whose buddy, Jessica Wongso, was convicted of her homicide after slipping cyanide into her Vietnamese iced coffee at a café in Central Jakarta in 2016.
Regardless of MVP claiming that Sianida is solely a piece of fiction, Mirna’s twin sister, Made Sandy Salihin, took to Instagram to specific her ire at what she noticed as an exploitation of her household’s sorrow for leisure.
“[They didn’t have] the decency to ask our household and make a silly [show] about our household, and so they say they have been impressed by it. Making it viral to allow them to get cash out of it,” Sandy wrote in an Instagram story.
“What number of episodes are you gonna make? We’re closing outdated wounds and but these persons are opening it once more for our household.
“Whether or not they say they have been impressed [by the case] or this was a piece of fiction, all of Indonesia is aware of which household this movie is about.”
Sianida producer Raam Punjabi maintained that the sequence was not primarily based on any explicit real-life incidents.
“Cyanide is used all world wide, so it’s anybody’s proper [to use it]. What’s clear is that there isn’t any hyperlink between that household and the story [in Sianida] and there are not any hyperlinks between the characters and the household,” he told Kompas today addressing the criticism.
One essential distinction in Sianida to Mirna’s case is within the motive of the homicide, in that the previous portrays a romantic same-sex relationship between Jenny and Amelia. Within the story, the sufferer broke the killer’s coronary heart by marrying a person, which drove her to commit the homicide.
Even then, jealousy additionally performed an element in Mirna’s homicide, with an official investigation discovering that Jessica was envious of the happiness the victim had found in life.
Jessica was arrested by the Jakarta Metro Police after being accused of slipping cyanide into Mirna’s Vietnamese iced espresso at Olivier Café in Grand Indonesia mall in January 2016. The case generated enormous curiosity in Indonesia, with crowds packing out the courtroom through the trial and TV networks exhibiting it stay, in addition to in Australia, the place the sufferer and the convicted assassin studied collectively at a design school.
Jessica’s responsible verdict and 20-year jail sentence in October 2016 was controversial because of the judges relying on circumstantial evidence to reach at their resolution.
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