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Jakarta Post

Red herring trial draws criticisms

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Sat, November 6 2010   /  11:28 am

Activists condemned the military’s decision to hold a tribunal in Jayapura on Friday over an alleged torture video, calling it “misleading” and “a farce” to distract the public from the heart of the matter.

On Friday, the Jayapura military tribunal held a hearing for four defendants, local military post chief Second Brig. Cosmos K. and his subordinates Syaminan Lubis, Joko Sulistyo and Dwi Purwanto.The head of the Jayapura military tribunal, Adil K., said Thursday they would bring four soldiers to trial in relation with a torture video on YouTube, leading the public to believe that the defendants were the suspected perpetrators torturers of two Papuans in a video circulated on the Internet that created global outcry for its cruelty.The testimony of the defendants on Friday, however, revealed that the case was related to another video where the four defendants beat and ki...