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Jakarta Post

Activists question Hartomo’s promotion

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 24 2016   /  08:13 am

Less than month after promoting former members of the Army’s “Tim Mawar” (Rose Team), Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo has generated more controversy by appointing divisive figure Maj. Gen. Hartomo to lead the military’s Strategic Intelligence Agency (BAIS).

Hartomo was sentenced to over three years in prison by a military court in Surabaya, East Java, in 2003 for killing renowned Papuan separatist leader Theys Hiyo Eluay.

It is unclear if his verdict has been overturned by High Military Court and the Supreme Court.

TNI spokesman Maj. Gen. Tatang Suleiman, who confirmed Hartomo’s promotion, declined to answer The Jakarta Post’s questions about the legal process of Hartomo’s case. But he said the selection process was accountable.

Hartomo was a leader of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) Tribuana X assigned to Papua...