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Jakarta Post

SBY orders thorough probe of Papua torture video

  • Erwida Maulia and Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 23 2010   /  11:26 am

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono  ordered a “thorough investigation” of a controversial video of the alleged torture of Papuans by Indonesian Military (TNI) members, which a senior minister said was genuine.Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto told a press conference here Friday that his agencies, including the Defense Ministry and the TNI, started a probe of the alleged torture footage soon after it was uploaded to YouTube last week.“I can only explain that the incident indeed happened, that the perpetrators are indeed military soldiers,” Djoko said after a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Office to discuss the videos.He added that the victims were allegedly implicated in unrelated shooting incidents.“The President is very concerned about the matter and has been paying close attention to it. He said there should be follow-up [...