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Jakarta Post

Reforming the military justice system

  • Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge

Evanston, Illinois   /   Tue, April 9 2013   /  10:40 am

Speculation about the culprits behind the Cebongan prison raid came to an end after an Army investigation team said that 11 Special Forces (Kopassus) commandos were behind the incident, which culminated in the execution of four detainees on March 23.

The motivation of the atrocity was identified as revenge for the murder of a former comrade. Espirit de corps, which has a positive benefit in developing a sense of purpose and comradeship, has been perverted by the soldiers to justify the attack.

This violation of their sworn oaths has tarnished the Indonesian Military (TNI) as a whole, as it is an institution that relies on adherence to the chain of command. However, culpability for the raid and executions does not rest with the accused commandos alone.

The Cebongan incident and the attack on a police station in Ogan Komering Ulu, South Sumatra, depict the abuse of ...