President : No need to pressure RI on Papua torture case
Mon, November 1 2010 21:44 | 742 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia did not need to be pressured by anybody to settle the recent case of military personnel caught on video torturing civilians in Papua and also shown in a number of websites on the internet.
"We will do what we are supposed to do but not because of pressure by anyone. On October 22, 10 days ago, I already instructed the commander of the National Defense Forces (TNI) and the minister of defense (to settle the case)," he said before a cabinet meeting here on Monday.
"I said there was no need (for anyone) to pressure Indonesia. We are committed to upholding justice and discipline. We will do what we are supposed to do, without pressures from any country, non-governmental organizations or anyone," he said.
President Yudhoyono said he had received reports that the investigation into the case had been completed and the case was ready to be brought to court.
"Make it transparent and accountable, accelerate it. Do not treat it in a `business as usual` way. If the investigation is finished it has to be continued according to mechanisms. If it is considered a crime it should be dealt with through a military tribunal. If it is a disciplinary problem, disciplinary action should be taken," he said.
President Yudhoyono said the incident involved a junior officer and several of his members who used violence against civilians allegedly involved in a separatist movement in Papua.
"I was told earlier this afternoon that the case will be heard in court. Go ahead. It must be done fairly, and the penalty must be commensurate with the mistake. There should not be things like victimization. TNI personnel have been assigned in Papua by the state. Their presence there is legitimate, although in carrying out their tasks they must also respect laws and military discipline," he said.
President Yudhoyono said that as of 2005 the Indonesian government had already changed its approach from security and order oriented to economic and welfare, to deal with prooblems in Papua.
"The incident is not the government`s policy," he said.
President Yudhoyono called on the TNI to continue its reform efforts and not to be unduly affected by the incident.
TNI commander Admiral Agus Suhartono meanwhile said that the dossiers on the five suspects had already been submitted to the military prosecutor`s office.(*)
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