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Jakarta Post

Police brutality in spotlight, again

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 5 2017   /  12:39 am

The Jakarta Police’s alleged brutality is in the spotlight again after three men — Herianto, 21, Aris, 33, and Bihin, 38 — claim to have been tortured into confessing to stealing a motorcycle in Bekasi, West Java, last year.

The family members of the suspects claim to have proof that they were in their hometown of Palembang, South Sumatra, when the theft took place in June last year, said Bunga Siagian from the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta), who represents the suspects.

Despite insufficient evidence, the three have been named suspects in the case.

They filed a pretrial motion with the South Jakarta District Court in relation to the case, with the first hearing scheduled for last Monday, but was adjourned because the police failed to show up.

“We suspect the Jakarta Police did not attending the hearing so the motion would be automatically ...