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Police killing of FPI members unlawful: Komnas HAM

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 8, 2021   /  09:50 pm
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Seeking the truth: National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) chairman Ahmad Taufan Damanik (second right) along with Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Fadil Imran (center) speak to journalists at the rights body headquarters in Jakarta on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has determined that the killing by police on Dec. 7, 2020, of four members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) in Kerawang, West Java, was a human rights violation, and called on the authorities to prosecute the perpetrators. The rights body announced the findings of its investigation into the incident on Friday, saying that six FPI members were killed in two different circumstances. Two of them were killed during a shootout between them and police officers on the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road, while the other four were killed after being held in police custody.  “The shooting of four people at the same time without any attempts to avoid further fatalities indicates that an unlawful killing has taken place,” Muhammad Choirul Anam, the commission member leading the investigation, said. The independent investigation...