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Conflict over TNI, police businesses triggered Freeport riot: Kontras  James Balowski
 Mar 23, 2006 02:51 PST 

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Conflict over TNI, police businesses triggered
Freeport riot: Kontras

Detik.com - March 20, 2006

Jakarta -- The National Intelligence Agency (BIN)
has accused non-government organisations (NGOs) of
sponsoring the bloody incident in Abepura, West
Papua. But NGOs are pointing the finger at conflicts
over the provision of security businesses by the TNI
(Indonesian military) and national police (Polri).

Large payments have been found to have been made by
PT Freeport Indonesia to rogue elements of the TNI
and Polri. The Abepura riot that killed three Mobile
Brigade and one Airforce officer are suspected to be
linked to conflicts over security businesses.

“I think that underlying the recent problems in
Abepura there was a problem of conflicting business
interests between the TNI and Polri in relation to
the provision of security to vital installations at
Freeport”, said the coordinator of the Commission
for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence
(Kontras), Usman Hamid, at his office on Jl.
Borobudur in Jakarta on Monday March 20.

Hamid cited as evidence the Global Witness report in
July 2005 that said there were financial payments by
Freeport to rogue elements of the TNI and Polri and
military institutions such as the regional military
command in 2001 of as much as US$5.6 million. “Isn’t
that an irregularity. It could also be called a
bribe”, said Hamid.

Hamid is of the view that an independent audit is
needed of the monies Freeport has paid to the
government, including money Freeport has paid for
security services. “Government officials often say
NGOs are foreign lackeys. But I think the
government’s behaviour is far worse”, said Hamid.

As well as an independent audit continued Hamid,
there needs to be a review of security systems in
the provision of security for vital installations.
“It must emphasise the transfer of security tasks
for vital installations to the national police”,
asserted Hamid. (sss)

[Translated by James Balowski.]

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