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Wiranto on Munir: We should be talking about development now
Jakarta Post – September 8, 2017
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto was about to attend Friday prayers at the Jakarta State University when reporters ambushed him and asked him about the Munir case, which remains unresolved after 13 years.
"You should have talked about our development, or our plundered territory. Why talk only about [Munir]?" Wiranto replied to questions from reporters on Friday.
Munir was the co-founder of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras). He was known for his crusade to bring to justice to those responsible for the abduction of pro-democracy activists during the last days of the New Order regime in 1998.
He died from arsenic poisoning during a Garuda Indonesia flight to the Netherlands in September 2004. Wiranto's office has been appointed by Jokowi to lead the settlement of cases of human rights abuse in the country.
The retired general, in his capacity as commander of the Indonesian Military (TNI), then ABRI, during the country's transition period from the New Order Era to the Reform Era between 1998 and 1999, has been accused of being responsible for the Trisakti and Semanggi shootings, as well as the disappearance of pro-democracy activists.
Wiranto has denied the accusations. (ary)