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Jakarta Post

TNI takes a new, neutral approach in Talangsari case investigations

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 26 2008   /  12:38 pm

The Indonesian Military (TNI) will not intervene in the legal proceedings around the 1989 killings in the Lampung village of Talangsari, over which several retired Army generals face questioning by the National Commission on Human Rights. "They have retired and are no longer part of the TNI. Whether they comply with or ignore the summons is not the TNI's business because they now act on their own behalf," TNI Chief Gen. Djoko Santoso told reporters after meeting with the President on Tuesday. He said the TNI would leave the case to the rights body as long as the probe was conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the principle of the presumption of innocence. The neutrality policy contradicts the TNI's former practice, which clearly upheld the spirit of the corps. TNI headquarters used to provide legal assistance to active and retired soldiers imp...