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Jakarta Post

Pramono track record questioned

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 13 2011   /  08:00 am

Human rights watchdog Imparsial said Lt. Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo, the President’s brother-in-law, touted as a potential presidential candidate for 2014, is one of two officers eligible for the post of Army chief of staff with a poor human rights record.

Pramono, the chief of the Army Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad), headed the Army Special Forces (Kopassus) team in 1999. Kopassus was deployed to Timor Leste at the time of a referendum on independence.

A Kopassus team slipped into Dili on Sept. 5, 1999, a day before Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo’s house was attacked, Imparsial program director Al-Araf said on Sunday.

The Indonesian Military’s (TNI) campaign surrounding the 1999 referendum resulted in the killing of more than 1,000 civilians.

Al-Araf said another eligible officer with a poor track record was former Timor Leste military commander ...