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#34751 - 20 Oct 06 04:20 Munir goes Int'l
riccardo Offline
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Munir's widow, Suciwati is making the rounds in the USA and the NYTimes, one the most influential papers in the world, ran this as their main editorial a few days ago...

Poisoned justice
The New York Times

Published: October 15, 2006
Munir Said Thalib was one of Indonesia's most respected human rights lawyers. Over 15 fearless years of work, he exposed military and police atrocities in East Timor and Aceh, defended labor activists and urged all Indonesians to demand accountability from their government. So it was a tragedy, but tragically less than a surprise, when Munir died suddenly on a plane flight to Amsterdam in 2004 - a victim of arsenic poisoning.

Munir's memory and Indonesian justice suffered another tragic assault this month when the country's Supreme Court overturned the conviction of his alleged murderer: a pilot with ties to Indonesia's intelligence services.

The investigation into Munir's death was an important test for Indonesia's still young democracy. It has failed several times over.

There was optimism when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed an independent fact-finding team. According to local news reports, their findings implicated not only Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto - the airline pilot traveling as a passenger on the fateful flight - but also senior intelligence officials. An examination of Pollycarpus's phone records showed that in the days before and after the flight he made more than two dozen calls to a high- ranking member of the state intelligence agency.

The full facts are still not known because Yudhoyono has refused to release his commission's report and prosecutors did not argue the existence of a broader conspiracy. The conviction of Pollycarpus, and only Pollycarpus, was less than satisfying. The Supreme Court's decision to overturn even that sole conviction, claiming insufficient evidence, only adds to the crime.

Yudhoyono has said that the investigation into Munir's death was a "test case for whether Indonesia has changed." If he is sincere about defending human rights and building an honest legal system, Yudhoyono should immediately release the suppressed report. He should also order a new independent investigation, with a clear presidential mandate to follow the evidence wherever it leads.

The truth about who killed Munir is the only antidote for Indonesia's poisoned justice system.


Munir Said Thalib was one of Indonesia's most respected human rights lawyers. Over 15 fearless years of work, he exposed military and police atrocities in East Timor and Aceh, defended labor activists and urged all Indonesians to demand accountability from their government. So it was a tragedy, but tragically less than a surprise, when Munir died suddenly on a plane flight to Amsterdam in 2004 - a victim of arsenic poisoning.

Munir's memory and Indonesian justice suffered another tragic assault this month when the country's Supreme Court overturned the conviction of his alleged murderer: a pilot with ties to Indonesia's intelligence services.

The investigation into Munir's death was an important test for Indonesia's still young democracy. It has failed several times over.

There was optimism when President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed an independent fact-finding team. According to local news reports, their findings implicated not only Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto - the airline pilot traveling as a passenger on the fateful flight - but also senior intelligence officials. An examination of Pollycarpus's phone records showed that in the days before and after the flight he made more than two dozen calls to a high- ranking member of the state intelligence agency.

The full facts are still not known because Yudhoyono has refused to release his commission's report and prosecutors did not argue the existence of a broader conspiracy. The conviction of Pollycarpus, and only Pollycarpus, was less than satisfying. The Supreme Court's decision to overturn even that sole conviction, claiming insufficient evidence, only adds to the crime.

Yudhoyono has said that the investigation into Munir's death was a "test case for whether Indonesia has changed." If he is sincere about defending human rights and building an honest legal system, Yudhoyono should immediately release the suppressed report. He should also order a new independent investigation, with a clear presidential mandate to follow the evidence wherever it leads.

The truth about who killed Munir is the only antidote for Indonesia's poisoned justice system.

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#34767 - 20 Oct 06 05:38 Re: Munir goes Int'l [Re: riccardo]
Balibob Offline
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Indonesia is still a Banana republic and we should never forget that

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