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Jakarta Post

Komnas HAM urges govt to locate 'lost' Munir report

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 13, 2016   /  10:05 pm
Komnas HAM urges govt to locate 'lost' Munir report Human rights defender Munir Said Thalib's widow, Suciwati, in one of regular silent protests every Thursday in front of the Presidential Palace in January this year. (the jakarta post/Wienda Parwitasari)

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has called on the state secretary to make efforts to find the "lost" investigation report created by a fact-finding team on the murder of prominent rights defender Munir Said Thalib.

Komnas HAM commissioner Roichatul Aswidah said the state secretary, who claimed they had no idea about the report's whereabouts, should coordinate with other state institutions or members of fact-finding team with access to the archive to locate the investigative document.

"If [after all efforts] the investigative document cannot be found, the government should then push for measures to ensure that the court's rulings [on Munir's murder case] are followed up on," Roichatul said on Thursday.

Finding the lost document would be a start for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to fulfill his commitment to finding justice for Munir and his widow Suciwati after 12 years without resolution, which was also part of his pledge to settle past gross human rights abuses, Roichatul said.

The Central Information Commission (KIP) ruled on Monday that the investigation report authored by the government-commissioned fact-finding team and submitted to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's administration in 2005 was public information and therefore should be disclosed immediately.

Garuda pilot Pollycarpus Priyanto was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for poisoning Munir with arsenic during a layover on a flight to Amsterdam on Sept. 7, 2004. After being granted remission, he was freed in November, 2014. (evi)

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