Papua rights abuse trial: Indonesian court docket clears retired military main of crimes towards humanity

An Indonesian court docket on Thursday acquitted a retired military officer within the deadly taking pictures of 4 youngsters in Papua in 2014, crushing hopes the navy can be held accountable for alleged abuses within the nation’s restive easternmost area.

Held in an occasionally used human rights court docket, the seven-week trial noticed public prosecutors convey fees of “crimes against humanity” towards retired military main Isak Sattu for his alleged function in ordering the deadly taking pictures.

Presiding decide Sutisna Sawati on Thursday stated the defendant had been discovered not responsible, and was cleared of all fees.

The case pertains to an incident within the Papuan district of Paniai in 2014 when safety forces allegedly opened fireplace on a crowd of lots of of residents who had gathered to protest towards the beating a baby, killing 4 and injuring 17.

Yones Douw, a lawyer and consultant for the households of the victims, stated the trial was solely held to “create a good image for Indonesia”.

“Since the beginning of the trial we rejected it because there was only one suspect and we just knew he would be freed,” he stated.

Prosecutors, who alleged that Isak had failed in his command accountability by not stopping his troops, had referred to as for him to be jailed for 10 years.

Isak’s lawyer, Syahrir Cakkari, stated he was cleared of all fees as a result of he was not accountable for the actions of the navy personnel concerned within the incident.

Battle between indigenous Papuans and the nation’s safety forces sometimes flares up within the distant and resource-rich province, the place a long-running battle for independence has been waged because the area was introduced beneath Indonesian management following a controversial 1969 vote that was overseen by the United Nations.

President Joko Widodo has paid specific consideration to attempting to enhance growth and social welfare in Papua, and had promised to make sure justice for the victims of the Paniai incident.