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LBH Jakarta files petition over 2016 Bukit Duri assault

  • Winda A. Charmila

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 4, 2018   /   02:37 pm
LBH Jakarta files petition over 2016 Bukit Duri assault Colorful resistance: A decorative gate welcomes visitors to the community bazaar held in April 2016, in a Bukit Duri resident settlement in Tebet, South Jakarta. The Bukit Duri residents held the event to protest their eviction by the Jakarta administration. (thejakartapost.com/Viriya Paramita Singgih)

Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) has filed a legal petition after the South Jakarta Police stopped its investigation into a 2016 case that allegedly involved police and public order agency (Satpol PP) officers assaulting one of its lawyers, Alldo Fellix Januardy.

LBH Jakarta filed the petition on Jan. 3 along with the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI), the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) and the Ciliwung Merdeka community, which is grouped under the Advocacy for Human Rights Defenders (TAP-HAM).

Alldo, a public lawyer, represented the Bukit Duri residents who were beaten during the Jan.12, 2016 forced eviction of the area. 

LBH Jakarta lawyer Nelson Simamora said Alldo had asked the police and Satpol PP officers to respect the legal process that the Bukit Duri residents were pursuing at the time, a lawsuit they had filed with the Jakarta Administrative Court. 

“Instead of respecting the legal process, five officers from Satpol PP and the police assaulted him. […] Alldo was also dragged about 20 meters, which was witnessed by several people on the scene,” Nelson said recently in a statement. 

Alldo suffered severe bruising from the incident, and his glasses and mobile phone were destroyed. He was also threatened with arrest, if he tried to block the eviction. 

Alldo filed a report with the Jakarta Police on the same day and the case was delegated to the South Jakarta Police, but faced undue delays in its investigation. 

Nelson said that the investigation into the assault had not moved forward by December 2016, and Alldo received an offer to settle the case out of court and withdraw his report. 

TAP-HAM is calling for a judicial panel to reexamine the case and order the Jakarta Police to continue with its investigation.  

“We also urge the Jakarta Police to proceed objectively and transparently in the legal process. We call upon the Indonesian police to protect human rights defenders and respect public lawyers in performing their duties,” Nelson said.