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Bima protesters shot from close range

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 28 2011   /  08:31 am

While the National Police admitted on Tuesday that the two protesters who died in the Bima riot were shot at a point-blank range, Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Samsuddin insisted that no human rights violation had taken place.

Amir said that a conclusion on whether human rights violations had occurred in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara could only be made after the authority had wrapped up its investigation of the clash, which occurred between police personnel and locals protesting against mining company PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara (SMN).

“Please don’t be swift in passing judgement on whether a gross violation of human rights took place. There could have been a violation in the standard operating procedure. Let’s wait to find out what really happened,” Amir told reporters on Tuesday.

Amir said that he could understand if the police had exhausted all other means ...