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Arrest me and prove me wrong

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 12 2010   /  10:03 am

The recent report by American journalist Allan Nairn of the 2009 killings of civilians in Aceh by the Indonesian Military (TNI) has triggered controversy and heated debate. Critics say Nairn’s report is full of holes, while others are calling on law enforcement officials to start up an investigation. The Jakarta Post’s Bagus BT Saragih recently spoke to the 54-year-old  journalist, who was once imprisoned while reporting in East Timor. Here are the excerpts:Question: Why did you seek to report on the Aceh murders? Answer: To document the political assassination, in particular of Aceh Party members. Are you asking if I have an agenda? Yes. My agenda is to stop the killings of civilians. To have the law enforced even-handedly. Anyone who commits the murder, even if they are soldiers, generals, presidents, should be tried like anyone else.With civilian murders by the armed forces t...