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Jakarta Police chief promises to take police brutality case to court

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 9, 2019   /  08:41 pm
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A viral video showing an unarmed man being repeatedly beaten with sticks, allegedly by riot police officers, in a parking lot near Al Huda Mosque in Kampung Bali, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, has put the issue of police violence in the spotlight. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Amnesty International Indonesia has handed over the results of its investigation into alleged police violence during the May 21-22 post-election riots to Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Gatot Eddy Pramono, who has promised to bring the case to court. Gatot said during a meeting with representatives of the human rights group at the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Tuesday that the results of Amnesty's internal investigation found that personnel from the police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) allegedly assaulted 12 people in three different locations in the capital during the riots. On May 21 and 22, riots broke out when thousands of supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto took to the streets to challenge the official result of the election. At least nine civilians were killed in the two-day-riots, all of whom the police said were rioters. F...