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Jakarta Post

US close to lifting ban on Kopassus: Juwono

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 3 2010   /  10:23 am

Former defense minister Juwono Sudarsono says Washington is close to lifting a ban on training the Indonesian Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus), with the ban’s main sponsor, Sen. Patrick Leahy, “accepting” Jakarta’s progress in investigating officers accused of rights abuses.Under the Leahy Law, the entire Kopassus unit is banned from receiving US military education or training, following allegations of their involvement in a number of atrocities in restive provinces.
The law says the ban will only be lifted if the government takes adequate legal steps to process officers allegedly involved.Juwono said Tuesday he had spoken with Leahy toward the end of his stint as defense minister last October, and the senator had “accepted” Jakarta’s claims that it was investigating of rights abuses implicating several high-ranking officers.“In the next few months, the US State ...