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Jakarta Post

Police yet to offer answers about nine who died during Jakarta riots

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 12, 2019   /  07:25 pm
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Riot police apprehend a man believed to be one of the instigators of a riot in Jatibaru, Central Jakarta. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Three weeks after postelection riots gripped Jakarta, the police have yet to demonstrate any progress in investigating the deaths of nine people that occurred in the disturbances, choosing instead to focus on other aspects of the rioting. In the most recent law enforcement press conference about the riots, held on Tuesday, National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. M. Iqbal only said that the investigation was ongoing. “We have to convey that we suspect that the nine victims who died were rioters: attackers,” Iqbal said. “We will be as objective as possible, as detailed as possible in our investigation into all the events, not just focusing on these nine victims. The apparent lack of progress has drawn criticism from rights groups, which condemn the police for not making getting to the bottom of the deaths their priority. “It is very disappointing that in...