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Indonesia torture video
soldiers jailed

Three Indonesian soldiers captured on video torturing two men from the restive eastern region of Papua have been sentenced for the relatively minor offense of disobeying orders.

Footage posted on YouTube last year showed the men burning the genitals of one suspected separatist during an interrogation and running a knife across the neck of another.

Their trial on the charges of disobeying orders wrapped up Monday.

The military tribunal's presiding judge, Adil Karokaro, said the soldiers were guilty, but had shown adequate remorse. He sentenced them to jail terms of between eight and 10 months.

Human rights activists slammed the sentences as too lenient. They had previously criticized the decision not to charge the soldiers with more serious offenses.

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