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Ex-general files complaint against 'Tempo' for May riot reports

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 11, 2019   /  06:20 pm
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A former member of the Army’s elite Special Forces (Kopassus), Chairawan Kadarsyah Nusyirwan (center), filed a complaint with both the Press Council and the police against Tempo weekly on Tuesday, saying he objected to the magazine’s insinuating he had a role in the May 21 riot in Jakarta.(JP/Delima Meylynda)

A former member of the Army’s elite Special Forces (Kopassus) filed a complaint with both the Press Council and the police against Tempo weekly on Tuesday, saying he objected to the magazine’s insinuating he had a role in the May 21 riot in Jakarta. Tempo’s investigative reporting linked the riot, which erupted after the General Elections Commission announced the results of the April 17 polls, to former members of the Tim Mawar (Rose Team), a unit in Kopassus blamed for a series of kidnappings and disappearances of activists in the late 1990s. Although Chairawan Kadarsyah Nusyirwan headed Tim Mawar, he was let off the hook even as some of his 11-member team went to prison and were dismissed from the military. He was temporarily released from duty, but eventually resumed serving, retiring as a major general in 2010. “I object to Tempo’s front-page co...