Pro-Munir demonstrators demand judicial review into top spy’s release

Source – August 4, 2009
Kasum protest outside Supreme Court in Jakarta (Antara)
Kasum protest outside Supreme Court in Jakarta (Antara)

E Mei Amelia R, Jakarta – The Attorney General’s Office is again being urged to immediately submit a judicial review over the Supreme Court’s verdict to release Muchdi Purwoprandjono.

This time the request was conveyed by some 200 people calling themselves the “Friends of Munir”, who gave speeches in front of the AGO’s office on Jl. Sultan Hasanudin in South Jakarta at a protest action on Tuesday August 4.

The protesters, who wore black and red T-shirts with pictures of Munir, arrived using four Metromini buses and a vehicle carrying a sound system.

The wife of the late Munir, Suciwati took part in the protest action along with Solidarity Action Committee for Munir (Kasum) activist Choirul Anam and the director of the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation, Asfinawati. Prior to this they held demonstrations in front of the State Palace and the National Police headquarters.

“The Attorney General must carry out reforms by appointing a credible team of prosecutors to fully investigate the Munir case. Submit a judicial review on Muchdi’s release now”, said one of the protesters, Ainul Yakin.

The also demanded that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono provide political support for fully resolving the case and put pressure on National Police chief General Bambang Hendarso Danuri to [re-]activate the Munir [fact finding] team in order to open the way for a follow up investigation into the Munir case.

A number of police officers were visible watching over the action and directing traffic along the length of Jl. Sultan Hasanudin in front of the AGO. No traffic congestion was apparent as a result of the protest action. (ndr/iy)

[Translated by James Balowski.]