Kontras call for Munir case not to end with Pollycarpus

Detik.com – December 1, 2005
Former secretary of the Munir Fact Finding Team Usman Hamid (Tempo)
Former secretary of the Munir Fact Finding Team Usman Hamid (Tempo)

Nurvita Indarini, Jakarta – Although the sentence being sought by the public prosecutor for Pollycarpus is considered just, the former secretary of the Munir Fact Finding Team (TPF), Usman Hamid, has urged that the investigation in to the Munir murder case not end with Pollycarpus.

Hamid is urging police to follow through with the recommendations of the TPF, which were presented to the president because it was very clear from the report that the TPF concluded that the premeditated murder of Munir involved a criminal conspiracy.

“It involved certain people from Garuda (PT Garuda Indonesia) and BIN (the National Intelligence Agency)”, asserted Hamid after a hearing of the Munir case at the Central Jakarta State Court on Jalan Gajah Mada on Thursday December 1.

The activist from the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said that Kontras will continue to urge President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the national police to pursue the case until it is completely solved.

“If the related parties are not prosecuted it will later become our (Kontras) demand. We are truly asking the national police and the prosecution to take steps to follow it up”, he said.

During the Central Jakarta State Court hearing, the prosecution demanded that Pollycarpus be jailed for life. Pollycarpus has been found guilty of and determined to have committed premeditated murder. He has also been found guilty of using false documents to obtain facilities and flight accommodation between Jakarta and Singapore on September 6, 2004. (umi)

[Translated by James Balowski.]