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Rioting prisoners all sent to Nusakambangan: Police

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Depok, West Java   /   Thu, May 10, 2018   /   12:13 pm
Rioting prisoners all sent to Nusakambangan: Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel patrol the vicinity of Brimob headquarters in Depok, West Java, on May 9. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

All 155 prisoners who surrendered after rioting at the Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) detention center in Depok, West Java, are on their way to Nusakambangan Penitentiary on an island in the Indian Ocean in Central Java, the police said Thursday.

There were 156 prisoners involved in the rioting, but one died on Wednesday.

Deputy National Police chief Comr. Gen. Syarifuddin said none of the prisoners were hurt in the last stage of the standoff.

"After a decision by the law and human rights minister and the Correctional Facilities Directorate General, they have all been transported to Nusakambangan," he said.

Earlier this morning, shots and explosions could be heard coming from the Mako Brimob. Syarifuddin said the explosions came from Brimob personnel securing the place.

"The explosion was from when personnel breached the wall and secured [the place]," Brimob corps commander Insp. Gen. Rudy Sufahriadi said. "There was some evidence that had not been sent to the warehouse yet and the prisoners used that to create makeshift bombs."

The prisoners’ weapons were confiscated as evidence.

Syarifuddin emphasized that no negotiation had taken place with the prisoners, saying that the police had used a soft approach.

"We conducted countermeasures, not negotiation," he said. (evi)