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#59567 - 23 Aug 07 20:57 Munir Case updates
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Top Indonesian officials covering up activist's death, court hears

By Geoff Thompson
Thursday, August 23, 2007

A court in Indonesia has heard claims the country's Attorney-General and Supreme Court chief justice are part of a conspiracy to avoid revealing the truth about the 2004 murder of a prominent human rights campaigner.

Munir Thalib suffered an agonising death when his orange juice was laced with arsenic during a Garuda flight to Amsterdam three years ago.

Last year a former Garuda pilot, Pollycarpus Priyanto, was sentenced to 14 years in jail for the murder but his conviction was later quashed by the Supreme Court.

Now, mounting new evidence points to the direct involvement of Indonesia's powerful intelligence agency in the activist's death.

In a secretly taped telephone call played before the court, Mr Priyanto names Indonesia's Attorney-General and Supreme Court chief justice as being "our men".

He means the officials can be relied upon to prevent new evidence shedding light on how Mr Munir came to be poisoned.

On the tape, Mr Priyanto is talking to Indra Setiawan, the former Garuda director currently in police custody.

Setiawan has testified that it was a secret letter from Indonesia's intelligence agency, known as BIN, which resulted in Mr Priyanto being on Mr Munir's Garuda flight in the first place.

The executive director of Indonesia's Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Asmara Nababan, says the question of whether Indonesia's Attorney-General and chief justice are themselves intelligence agents should now be investigated.

"The intelligence plan, there are agents in many sections of the society, in the university, in the media, in the company, et cetera," he said.

"So there is, right now, a question - are they not only involved, but their status as an agent of the state intelligence."

He says it is possible the two officials could be members of Indonesian intelligence.

"This is a serious problem, so that's why there is urgent need to clarify their status," he said.

But gasps were heard across the crowded courtroom when a new key witness retracted his statement to police that he had seen Mr Munir and Mr Priyanto sharing a drink before the human rights campaigner boarded the plane on which he died.

An intelligence agent also retracted his earlier testimony in which he conceded that BIN agents had been repeatedly ordered to try to kill Mr Munir.

Usman Hamid, who now leads Kontras, the human rights group first founded by Mr Munir, says the case could have wide ramifications for the human rights cause in Indonesia.

"If Indonesian authorities fail to reform intelligence in order to enforce the law, I think Indonesian democracy will move back to the era of [former president] Suharto," he said.
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#59568 - 23 Aug 07 21:02 Re: Munir Case updates [Re: riccardo]
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MORE Stuff from the JP... just an excerpt because it was buried underneath 20 paragraphs of drivel...

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...Indra (Setiawan, CEO Garuda) said in the telephone recording that even though his copy had "disappeared from his car in a Jakarta parking lot in December 2004," he was concerned the ministry copy could be produced by people interested in implicating him in Munir's murder.

Pollycarpus replied by telling Indra not to worry, saying all copies of the BIN order had already disappeared. "Besides, the people working in the ministry are all our people," he said.

Pollycarpus added that new evidence being presented in the case review was fabricated.

"It's just a political game so the SBY administration will not be disturbed," he said.

He added that Chief Justice Bagir Manan and the Supreme Court "are all our people", as well as most state officials. "They are all on our side," he said.

"So you don't have to worry, this is just temporary," Pollycarpus said.

During the phone call, Pollycarpus also told Indra that everything would be alright as long as he was consistent with his denials that either of them had anything to do with the murder.

Pollycarpus, who appeared surprised in court on hearing the recording, continued to insist he had nothing to do with BIN and the murder.

During the same hearing, another witness, Raden Mohammad Patma Anwar, otherwise known as Ucok, was questioned by Pollycarpus' defense lawyer on his position at the intelligence agency.

Ucok replied by saying that the agency's chairman, the late Arie J. Kumaat, recruited him to monitor the activities of non-government organizations in Indonesia, including the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, of which Munir was one of the founders.

Ucok denied the accusation that he had been ordered to kill Munir, despite an earlier police dossier containing his admission under questioning that he received such an order from a senior BIN official.
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#59569 - 23 Aug 07 21:07 Re: Munir Case updates [Re: riccardo]
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I notice Detiknews seems to be doing a big job covering this whole thing.
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#59573 - 23 Aug 07 21:41 Re: Munir Case updates [Re: Patung]
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all these guys that were named as "our boys" are now scrambling to spin it in ridiculous ways. Detik is covering all their lame excuses. The original detik was quite obviously very pro-reformasi and anti-OrBa thuggery.
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#59575 - 23 Aug 07 21:54 Re: Munir Case updates [Re: riccardo]
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Never actually read the stories, not quite up my alley, in fact I might prefer to avoid it.
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#59577 - 23 Aug 07 22:28 Re: Munir Case updates [Re: Patung]
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Detik doesn't have the world's most professional reporters, but its heart is in the right place.

Every Indonesian news media should be giving huge coverage to the long-overdue exposure of the blatantly obvious cover-up that goes all the way to the top. Sadly, the fact that SBY, the judiciary and state apparatus have been protecting murderers Hendropriyono and Muchdi Purwopranjono is nothing new.

There's plenty of media coverage now, but much of it is simply parroting the predictable denials coming from BIN, the MA and Kejaksaan Agung.

Even Antara is producing more than its usual cursory coverage of the Munir case, though it manages to omit any reference to BIN when quoting presidential spokesman Andi Mallarangeng.

Detik: "Presiden menyerukan semua lembaga negara, termasuk BIN, bekerja sama dengan kepolisian dan kejaksaan untuk mengungkap kasus ini," imbuh jubir kepresidenan Andi Mallarangeng.

Antara: "Presiden tidak peduli. Siapa pun yang terlibat ya harus dihukum, dengan menyerukan semua lembaga negara untuk bekerjasama dengan Kepolisian dan Kejaksaan demi mempercepat pengungkapan kasus ini," demikian Andi.

But who cares.... media and political attention on the Munir case is right now being diverted to the kidnapping of 5-year-old Raisya Ali.

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#59595 - 24 Aug 07 09:46 Re: Munir Case updates [Re: kenyeung]
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SBY sucks, he should drink The poisoned orange juice not munir!
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#59598 - 24 Aug 07 09:52 Re: Munir Case updates [Re: emmajkt]
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Dear sucky govt,

drink this fuckin orange juice and go die!

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#61659 - 21 Sep 07 02:58 Re: Munir Case updates [Re: emmajkt]
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Ex-BIN deputies to face music over Munir murder


Irawaty Wardany, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

National Police chief Gen. Sutanto said Friday he would summon senior officials at the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) after he received case review results from the previously acquitted Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto.

"We are still waiting for the result of the case review and after that we will start the next investigation," Sutanto told detik.com Wednesday.

BIN's involvement in the murder case of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib has long been suspected.

But until recently, no strong evidence had been submitted against Pollycarpus or BIN.

In a court session last month prosecutors presented a telephone recording between the off-duty Garuda Indonesia pilot Pollycarpus and former president director of the flag carrier, Indra Setiawan, who is now in jail.

BIN officials allegedly involved in the murder include former BIN head A.M Hendropriyono, BIN deputy head M. As'ad, first deputy Manunggal Maladi and fourth deputy Muchdi PR.

As'ad was mentioned in the recording as the person who instructed Indra to assign Pollycarpus to act as an aviation security officer.

Muchdi is connected to the case because the fact-finding team on Munir's case traced 41 phone calls between Muchdi and Pollycarpus.

There has so far not been enough evidence collected against two further officials and the investigation around Muchdi was stopped without a clear explanation.

Sutanto has denied allegations the police were postponing investigations on purpose.

"Police will investigate them -- everyone who violates the law will go through the legal process," he said.

Pollycarpus has been the only person legally connected to the murder case and was previously sentenced to 14 years in jail on December 2005.

But the Supreme Court threw out his original conviction and he was instead sentenced to two years in prison on October 2006 for forging his letter of assignment as an aviation security officer.

He was freed in December 2006.

The Attorney General's Office has since filed a case review aiming to overturn Pollycarpus' acquittal.

After five court trials, the Central Jakarta District Court on Wednesday completed the preliminary trials of the case review on Pollycarpus.

"This is the last trial session for the review and we will send all dossiers to the Supreme Court soon," Judge Andriani Nurdin told the court Wednesday.

She said prosecutors had submitted a letter of recommendation around Raden Mohammad Patma Anwar (alias Ucok), from BIN as evidence.

Ucok was one of the key witnesses in the case who acknowledged that as BIN member, he once received an order from a BIN senior official to kill Munir.

But Ucok was unable to prove he was a member of BIN.

With the emergence of new evidence in the Munir case, pressure is mounting for a thorough and rapid investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of the activist.

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