Hundreds demand judicial review of former top spy’s release

Source – September 7, 2009
Kasum demonstration outside High Court (Viva)
Kasum demonstration outside High Court (Viva)

Novia Chandra Dewi, Jakarta – Coinciding with five years since the death of Munir, some 300 people demonstrated at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) demanding that investigation into the murder of the human rights activists be completed.

“We have also come here in the context of commemorating five years since Munir’s death and to demand that the AGO immediately pursue the perpetrators of Munir’s murder,” said Solidarity Committee for Munir (Kasum) activist Choirul Anam speaking in front of the AGO building on Jl. Sultan Hasanudin in Jakarta on Monday September 7.

The protesters – the majority of whom came from North Jakarta – are victims of forced evictions and human rights violations. “If Munir’s murder can just be ignored like that, what about the situation for human rights defenders in Indonesia in the future?”, asked Choirul.

Kasum is calling on the AGO to immediately submit a judicial review over the rejection of an appeal to the Supreme Court on the decision to release Muchdi Purwoprandjono. Choirul added that the entire Indonesian nation has placed its hope on the resolution of this case.

“We see this case as being like a battering ram. Breaking open the gates of justice and breaking the chain of violence that continues to repeat itself in Indonesia,” said Choirul. (amd/iy)

[Translated by James Balowski.]