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Jakarta Post

Saurip Kadi: A controversial and die-hard general

  • Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, December 31 2011   /  11:16 am

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Saurip Kadi made headlines in the past couple of weeks after screening video footage of a mass killing in Mesuji area, Lampung, in front of the House of Representatives’ legal affairs commission.

Saurip and representatives of Mesuji residents told lawmakers of indications of human rights abuses committed by authorities in the killing of villagers following land disputes with plantation companies.

But Saurip has now received extensive criticism because of the video, into which footage of a deadly incident in Thailand was edited, thus distorting the case. His claims of 32 villagers being killed in the Mesuji area since 2008, due to land disputes, also could not be verified.

Although Saurip claimed he was representing the voices of all evicted Mesuji residents, some community leaders have said otherwise.

“We’ve never had any contact wit...