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French paedophile who faced death by firing squad 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.

Indonesia police wearing  face masks and protective gloves guard the Frenchman Francois Abello Camille during a press conference in Jakarta

What appears to be evidence was displayed on a table during the press conference

He was paraded Thursday in handcuffs wearing an orange prison shirt and black facemask at a police press conference.

Police said they found videos on Abello's computer that showed him engaging in illegal sex acts with over 300 children aged between 10 and 17.

They said he would approach children and lure them with offers of work as models. Those who refused to have sex were beaten.

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.

The pensioner had entered Indonesia on a tourist visa several times over the past five years, according to police.

Camille faces death by firing squad or life in prison if convicted on the raft of charges - including accusations he filmed the illicit encounters - under Indonesia's child protection laws

'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. 

Video footage circulating online shows a handcuffed Camille with his head bowed as he is flanked by by 10 Indonesian police officers during a press conference. 

Police said they believed Camille had been molesting Indonesian children for years and that there may be more victims.

As many as 70,000 children are victims of sexual exploitation annually in Indonesia, according to global anti-trafficking network ECPAT International.

American fugitive Russ Medlin, wanted at home in connection with a $700 million cryptocurrency scam, was arrested in Jakarta last month on allegations he paid underaged girls to have sex with him.  

The French embassy in Jakarta, contacted by AFP, declined to comment on the case.

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