June 28, 2001 |
Indonesian naval forces stormed a hijacked Singaporean oil tanker and arrested the pirate gang that seized the vessel last week. The Selayang, chartered by Shell Oil Co., was hijacked June 19 after it left Port Dickson, Malaysia. It was bound for Labuan, Malaysia. Authorities in Malaysia and Singapore assisted Indonesia in the arrest operation. There was no immediate word on the crew's fate.
December 12, 2000 |
The U.N. administration in East Timor indicted an Indonesian army officer and 10 other suspects on war crimes charges in a series of killings around the time of last year's independence referendum. The suspects, the first to be charged with crimes against humanity in the province, are accused in the slayings of five clergymen, two church workers, an Indonesian journalist and a teenager.
July 19, 2000 |
Indonesia's military admitted that some of its troops have taken sides in the long-running Christian-Muslim war in the Molucca Islands. Two days after television footage showed Indonesian troops fighting alongside Muslim militants, armed forces spokesman Rear Air Marshal Graito Usodo said, "There are members of Indonesia's military who act emotionally, either because of their family names or where they come from. This is inevitable, and we admit the existence of these cases."
May 10, 2000 |
In a landmark human rights trial, 13 soldiers admitted Tuesday that they dragged 26 injured student activists into a field and shot them to death in Aceh province, but they also argued that they should not be punished because they were following orders. One defendant, Lt. Trijoko Adiwiyono, said that when he questioned the order to shoot the students in the field, he was slapped by his commander, Lt. Col. Sudjono. "He might have shot me if I had rejected his order," Adiwiyono testified.
April 20, 2000 |
Indonesia's new reformist government convened a trial Wednesday of soldiers accused in the massacre of 57 students and teachers in strife-torn Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra island. The trial was meant to show Indonesia's determination to clean up its human rights record, but activists in the country and abroad doubted the value of a proceeding in which no senior commanders have been charged.
January 14, 2000 |
Indonesia's president, Abdurrahman Wahid, moved to consolidate his control over the country's restive military, dismissing the armed forces' chief spokesman, whose public comments had stoked rumors of a rift between the president and the troops. In Jakarta, the capital, the president said military spokesman Maj. Gen. Sudradjat had been replaced by air force Rear Marshal Graito Husodo.