Report Details Police, Army Torture Incidents
Jul 01, 2011 00:03 PDT
BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific
June 30, 2011
Indonesia: Report Details Police, Army Torture Incidents
Text of report by Indonesian newspaper Kompas Cyber Media website
(www.kompas.com) on 29 June
[Article by Maria Natalia: 'Pola Penyiksaan ala Polri-TNI Diungkap']
The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras)
has released the results of its July 2010-June 2011 study into
violence perpetrated by Indonesian National Police (Polri) and
Indonesian Army (TNI AD) personnel.
Based on its research within the timeframe specified, 30 cases of
abuse were committed by Polri personnel, while 18 cases were committed
by TNI AD personnel.
The data used by the organization was obtained through victims'
statements and media coverage of the incidents.
"We are certain that these cases are just the tip of the iceberg.
Recording cases of brutality is very difficult due to them mostly
occurring within TNI and Polri installations," said Kontras
Coordinator Haris Azhar on 25 June.
The incidents of violence perpetrated by Polri personnel were
categorised as follows:
Four cases of victims being beaten during interrogations. Seven cases
of victims being held under water. Several cases of victims being
assaulted during arrest or interrogation. This included being beaten
repeatedly, being hit in the mouth with a wrench, having their ears
burned with cigarette lighters, and being blindfolded. There were also
two cases of victims being bound and then having a rope tied around
their necks before being dragged around. (Kontras noted that one of
the victims was a suspect in the CIMB Niaga Bank robbery. His foot was
reportedly shot during interrogation.) Fifteen cases of South Maluku
Republic (RMS) activists being beaten and kicked, while other victims
were forced to kiss each other. One case of electrocution. "With
regard to TNI AD, there were two torture cases which resulted in
death. The other 16 cases involved using various methods to extract a
confession from the victim," said Azhar.
Kontras noted that their records were dominated by cases involving
mistreatment of Free Papua Movement (OPM) activists.
Azhar said the mistreatment could be blamed on a lack of adequate
supervision in Polri and TNI AD institutions.
Source: Kompas Cyber Media website, Jakarta, in Indonesian 29 Jun 11
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