Military Getting Away With Murder, Activists Claim

Human rights lawyers are using the occasion of the Indonesian Military’s 66th anniversary today to highlight what they say is the need to reform the institution’s “untouchable” legal status.

The latest case of military inaction over the murder of a civilian by one of its own has again illustrated what is a longstanding problem, they say. 

It has been four months since a member of the Indonesian Military (TNI) was accused of killing Pardamean Tampubolon, the manager of a cafe in Cibubur, East Jakarta. Yet there have been few if any steps taken to prosecute the case. 

“[Military Police] have only identified one suspect, Chandra Sakti of the 17th Infantry Brigade, even though the victim was attacked by more than one person that night,” Saibun M., from the Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI), said on Tuesday. 

The investigation by the military has not been transparent, he said, and the family has yet to receive any information on developments in the case. 

“Meanwhile there are 10 TNI members that could be asked to give evidence about the murder that night,” he said. 

Pardamean was stabbed in the heart outside the cafe he managed in June by a man he had asked not to smoke on the dance floor. He left behind a wife and 3-year-old child. 

After the killing, Pardamean’s home was visited by a number of TNI officers who gave the family about Rp 7 million ($785) in “bereavement money.” 

More at: Jakarta Globe


What about the atrocities and genocide committed by the Indonesian military in West Papua? Where is the justice? 

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