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Jakarta Post

Govt slammed for TNI security payments

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 30 2008   /  06:27 pm

A U.S. court's decision to proceed with a trial against oil giant ExxonMobil has exposed the Indonesian government's ignorance over the paid military protection of foreign interests in the country. A U.S. judge ruled Wednesday in Washington that the 11 Acehnese plaintiffs had provided sufficient evidence for their allegations against Exxon Mobil Corporation and its affiliates of killings and torture committed by military security forces protecting and paid for by the mining company. Defense and international relations expert Bantarto Bandoro of the Institute of Defense and Security Studies (Iodas) said the court might have seen indications that the company channeled money and provided facilities to the TNI. "The trial wouldn't have proceeded if the judge could not link ExxonMobil with the TNI, as the mining company must have records on money and facilities it ...