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Half of cases of violence in N. Sumatra involved police, TNI: Kontras

Jakarta Post - December 10, 2017

Jakarta The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has reported that half of the cases of violence in North Sumatra this year involved members of the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI).

The commission recorded 118 incidents of violence as of December, 59 of which were allegedly perpetrated by police and military personnel.

"Protecting human rights in North Sumatra remains a challenge to this day," Kontras spokesperson Amin Multazam said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

The commission said police officers were involved in 39 cases while the rest implicated TNI members. Members of Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) were also culpable in 10 cases of violence this year.

In August, a police officer identified as Chief Brig. Fadli allegedly beat a prisoner to death after a heated argument. The victim, identified as Rifzal Riandi Siregar, suffered wounds and bruises, but the police, Kontras said, claimed he was depressed and committed suicide.

Fifteen people were killed and 94 injured in 118 cases of violence in 2017, according to Kontras. (vla/ahw)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/12/10/half-of-cases-of-violence-in-n-sumatra-involved-police-tni-kontras.html.

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