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
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
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.