Court summons Garuda over
Munir death compensation

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is due to appear at the Central Jakarta District Court on Tuesday over failure to execute a court order regarding the death of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib.

Munir died of arsenic poisoning aboard a Garuda flight to Amsterdam in 2004.

The Supreme Court ordered Garuda to pay compensation of about Rp 664 million (US$ 75,000) to Munir's widow after she filed charges against the airline.

The Central Jakarta District Court determined that former Garuda president director Indra Setiawan and the plane's captain, Pantun Matondang, were negligent for failing to make an emergency landing when Munir required medical attention.

Garuda has yet to act upon the ruling.

Choirul Anam of the Solidarity Action Committee for Munir (Kasum) said the court would give Garuda an ultimatum.

"They will have to decide whether to heed the order voluntarily or be forced to," he said. (awd)

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