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Indonesia pilot jailed for murder of activist JAKARTA - A Jakarta court on Tuesday sentenced an off-duty Indonesian pilot to 14 years in jail for planning the murder of a top human rights activist during a flight on the national carrier Garuda last year. Human rights groups have said the trial over the killing of Munir Thalib was a litmus test of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's promise to build a more open and accountable Indonesia after decades of authoritarian rule and rights abuses.

Munir was poisoned on a flight to Amsterdam in September 2004. Pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, who has said he was the victim of a conspiracy, screamed his innocence after the verdict was read out. "The defendant is proven to have planned the murder, that resulted in the death of Munir," chief judge Cicut Sutiarsa told the court.

Prosecutors had demanded Priyanto, whom they said opposed Munir's human rights work, be jailed for life for putting arsenic in a drink which killed the fearless proponent of democracy and critic of the Indonesian military. A Garuda Indonesia pilot himself, Priyanto was on an assignment supervising security on the Jakarta-Singapore leg of Munir's flight. He has admitted to giving his business class seat to Munir during that leg.

On December 12, Priyanto told the court he did not kill Munir and said he was a victim of a shadowy conspiracy. He has not said who he believes might be behind such a plot. "What makes Munir so significant for me that I had to kill him on a Garuda plane...my workplace?" he said during that court session. "I do not believe Munir was killed by poison on the plane. It is only an invention to put me here as a defendant," Priyanto had said.

A president-appointed team disbanded in June had recommended further investigation of the Munir murder, saying it had found government intelligence agency officials were implicated, a charge agency leaders denied. Prosecutors failed to verify that alleged link during the trial and suggested Priyanto acted with the help only of two other Garuda crew and plotted the assassination because he did not like Munir's fight against past government policies.

Munir grabbed national attention as repression of anti-government activists eased after the authoritarian rule of President Suharto ended in 1998. He was an outspoken critic of the military and its heavy-handed methods in quashing dissent and separatists in hotspots such as Aceh and Papua provinces. Some rights groups and Munir's family think Priyanto was an operative in a scheme devised by a powerful clique.


Related blog entries (category 'Human rights') Related blog entries (category 'Human rights'):
01 December 2005 · Prosecutor demands life sentence in Munir case
08 September 2005 · A year later, Munirís killers evade justice
09 August 2005 · Garuda pilot faces poison trial
20 March 2005 · Garuda pilot held as suspect in Munir murder
19 November 2004 · Kontras interviews Garuda employee on Munir's death


Posted in Human rights @ 20 December 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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He is a 'small fish', who is the 'mastermind' .........



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He is a 'small fish', who is the 'mastermind' .........



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(Edited) Posted @ 21 December 2005 02:07

Kambing hitam - scapegoat, wil get a good treatment and salary while in jail.
kamar ber AC, ada TP. HP, makanan dari hotel ber**, perempuan dll.

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(Edited) Posted @ 21 December 2005 02:07

Kambing hitam - scapegoat, wil get a good treatment and salary while in jail.
kamar ber AC, ada TP. HP, makanan dari hotel ber**, perempuan dll.

Greeces



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From what I've read about this case is that there are strong suspicions and indications that the BIN (the Indonesian CIA) was involved in this murder. Just read in the Indonesian press that president SBY has instructed this very BIN to continue the investigation to try to come up with the real culprit. What a farce, what a joke!! Who are they trying to fool? So much for Indonesian justice........ Emoticon: Stupid



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From what I've read about this case is that there are strong suspicions and indications that the BIN (the Indonesian CIA) was involved in this murder. Just read in the Indonesian press that president SBY has instructed this very BIN to continue the investigation to try to come up with the real culprit. What a farce, what a joke!! Who are they trying to fool? So much for Indonesian justice........ Emoticon: Stupid



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