ARMY HELPS PROBE THEYS MURDER IN PAPUA

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (December 28, 2001 – The Jakarta Post/TAPOL)---The Army has sent a five-member team to Papua to help police investigate the Nov. 11 murder of independence activist Theys Hiyo Eluay.

Central military police chief Maj. Gen. Djasri Marin said on Thursday that the team was led by Army Intelligence Chief Brig. Gen. Sardas Markus.

The Team was sent at the request of Papuan police investigators, who were denied access to the Army in their efforts to probe the alleged involvement of soldiers in Theys' murder.

"We will hide nothing. If soldiers were involved (in the murder) we will make it public," Djasri told journalists.

Police have questioned more than 40 people as witnesses in Theys' killing, including seven members of Army Special Forces (Kopassus).

Theys was allegedly murdered on his way home from Army-hosted Heroes Day celebrations in Papua's capital, Jayapura.

Local religious and political activists have alleged that the military was behind Theys' murder, something that the military has denied.

 

WE'LL REVEAL TRUTH ON WEST PAPUAN DEATH, SAYS INDONESIAN ARMY

JAKARTA, Indonesia (December 28, 2001 – The Jakarta Post/TAPOL)---The Indonesian Army Headquarters will reveal the truth behind the death of West Papuan pro-independence leader Theys Hiyo Eluay, Chief of Staff Gen. Endriartono Sutarto said yesterday.

"We will not cover up the truth ... We will proceed with the prosecution even if there were Army members involved in his death," Endriartono said, as quoted by El-Shinta radio.

Endriartono said the army would help the police with the investigation into Theys' murder last month in West Papua, which Indonesia rules as its province of Irian Jaya.

"The Army's investigation team will fly to Irian Jaya tonight," he said.

Theys' body was found on November 11 near Jayapura, the capital of the Indonesian province bordering independent Papua New Guinea.

Theys, the Papua Presidium Council chief, was kidnapped by unidentified men after he had attended a National Heroes Day ceremony on November 10 at the Army's Special Force (Kopassus) headquarters in Jayapura. Theys' driver, Aristoteles Masoka, who witnessed the abduction, is missing.

Kopassus chief Maj. Gen. Amirul Isnaeni has denied allegations that his troops were involved. But many people have speculated that the murder was part of the military's clandestine operations.

Paul Barber TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign 25 Plovers Way, Alton Hampshire GU34 2JJ Tel/Fax: 01420 80153 Email: plovers@gn.apc.org  Internet: www.gn.apc.org/tapol 

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