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Pilot acquitted in activist murder JAKARTA - The Supreme Court of Indonesia has acquitted the only person convicted in the murder of leading Indonesian human rights activist in 2004, the Antara news agency reported Wednesday. A Supreme Court spokesman said he had not seen the ruling and could not immediately confirm the report. The court does not have a set system for announcing decisions to the public.

The rights activist, Munir Thalib, 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 separatism in hotspots like Aceh and Papua provinces.

The Supreme Court found Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto not guilty of killing Munir, but agreed with the lower courts that he had faked documents, giving him a two-year jail sentence, Antara reported. A district court had sentenced Munir to 14 years in December and an appellate court upheld that punishment.

The lower courts had found that Priyanto, an off-duty pilot for Garuda Indonesia, the national airline, had put arsenic in food served to Munir, who was on a Garuda flight heading to the Netherlands for postgraduate studies. Priyanto had said he was on an assignment for Garuda supervising security on the Jakarta-Singapore part of Munir's flight. He admitted to giving his business-class seat to Munir during that flight. Courts at all levels ruled the written assignment was a forgery.

At the district trial, prosecutors did not present arguments on an alleged link with intelligence officials, and suggested Priyanto acted with the help only of two other Garuda crew and plotted the assassination alone.


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Posted in Human rights @ 05 October 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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Now the next step is looking for the right person/persons. I guess they will never do too much work to get them anyway.



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