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Jakarta Post

Rights group vows to pursue ex-spy over murder

  • Dian Kuswandini,

    The Jakarta Post,

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 4 2009   /  10:01 am

Human rights bodies have promised to fight for an appeal of former National Intelligence Agency (BNI) deputy chairman Muchdi Purwopranjono's acquittal for the murder of human rights campaigner Munir Said Thalib. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) chairman Usman Hamid on Saturday said the case should be President's Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's top priority. "Yudhoyono said the Munir murder case would test whether Indonesia had changed in terms of its human rights history," Usman said during a discussion. "The Kontras legal team will review the mistakes of previous trials. We hope to finish our work in two weeks," he added. The South Jakarta District Court acquitted Muchdi from the assassination charge, leaving former Garuda Indonesia pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto as the sole convict in the case. The Su...