Munir Case

Aug 27th, 2007, in News, by

Munir was murdered to protect President Yudhoyono.

The human rights activist Munir Said Thalib was poisoned to death while travelling on a Garuda flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam in September 2004. An off-duty co-pilot for Garuda, Pollycarpus Priyanto, was convicted of the murder but his conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in October 2006, eventually prompting prosecutors to re-open the case.

Munir
Munir.

As part of the new investigations a fact-finding team discovered records of phone conversations and other documents linking Pollycarpus to senior intelligence agents from BIN, the National Intelligence Agency, and the former CEO of Garuda, Indra Setiawan. Although the Supreme Court overturned Pollycarpus's conviction, for lack of sufficient evidence, it did maintain that Pollycarpus had boarded the flight with false documents provided by top Garuda airline officials.

Indra Setiawan
Indra Setiawan.

A political analyst at the Unversity of Indonesia, Boni Hargens, said on 25th August in Depok that the motive for the murder, as evinced from the telephone conversation between Pollycarpus and Indra Setiawan, was to prevent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's reputation from being tarnished by Munir and human rights organisations.

President Yudhoyono
President Yudhoyono.

Munir had spent much of his time investigating systematic human rights abuses by the armed forces in East Timor and Aceh, Boni said, as well as more recent cases of political corruption, and who was actually responsible for arranging the murder could likely be found in the reports on corruption that Munir had put together when still alive but had not yet published.

Boni said Indonesia was a weak democracy and hence political murders sometimes occurred, and that Munir's assassin must have been someone highly-trained and coached to kill, to protect the interests of great and powerful people, possibly including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. antara

Yudhoyono has however stated that he has an "unequivocal" commitment to seeing the case solved and the perpetrators punished, regardless of whether they may be senior officials or military men, according to presidential spokesman Andi Malarangeng. antara


20 Comments on “Munir Case”

  1. avatar Bas says:

    There is no general with no blood on his hands in Indonesia.
    There is no politician who is not corrupted in Indonesia.
    That is 100% pure fact.

  2. avatar Dimp says:

    Yudhoyono has however stated that he has an “unequivocal” commitment to seeing the case solved and the perpetrators punished, regardless of whether they may be senior officials or military men, according to presidential spokesman Andi Malarangeng.

    So it’s either:

    1. The President didn’t actually mean that he is committed to find the truth and punished the offenders.
    2. The President did actually meant that he is committed, unfortunately the police department, the fact finding team etc. etc. etc. are just incompetent.

    Sad.

  3. avatar Colson says:

    The good news was that the telephone conversation blew the hush up of the Munir assassination. The bad news is that there’s still room for people to launch insinuations without any solid proof. It should be the judiciary to do its job properly and to show proof first before accusing someone.

  4. avatar Janma says:

    They already know who is responsible, they are just dancing around on how to get out of the whole debacle…. maju ibu mati, mundur bapak tewas…. gituloh.

  5. avatar Sylvester says:

    I am very skeptical about it.
    Indo still need at least two generations before the justice prevail.

  6. avatar Dimp says:

    I am very skeptical about it.
    Indo still need at least two generations before the justice prevail.

    Only two? As long as the next generations are groomed to be exactly as the previous generation I believe this situation will just keep going and going and going and …..

  7. avatar Rambutan says:

    I am very skeptical about it.
    Indo still need at least two generations before the justice prevail.

    That’s exactly why this case is so important. If would be the perfect occasion to send a strong signal that impunity is not tolerated anymore and that TNI, BIN and who else will be held accountable for wrongdoings. I’m skeptical, too, but we have to believe that things can change for the better in this country. I can only hope that the Police, Attorney-General and the courts get it right this time. It would be such a great step forward… and then go on and deal with the Pasuruan shooting accordingly. It has become suspiciously quiet around that case.

  8. avatar Naga says:

    SBY had NO motivation to have Munir murdered, it was the sitting government that had EVERYTHING to lose; i.e. like power and all its privileges….

    “…hence political murders sometimes occurred”

    lol…is this serious?

    Political murders occurr FREQUENTLY; this is due to the Indonesian ‘elites’ sense of entitlement to their power and privilege, no matter where in the archipelago.

    SBY has dithered over this issue for several years due to his fear of assassination, that’s all.

  9. avatar Falcon says:

    Untill Munirs’ mysteri is solved, looking forward and its about time Indonesia Matters take up the issue on Females Workers RAPED and MURDERED in The Middle East, where there are many strong religious devotees. Their life matters as well.

  10. avatar Tomaculum says:

    Not only in the Middle East, also in Malaysia.

  11. avatar Dimp says:

    RAPED and MURDERED in The Middle East

    Not only in the Middle East, also in Malaysia.

    Same in Indonesia.

  12. avatar Tomaculum says:

    Dimp,
    per definitionem it can not happen in Indonesia, because in Indonesia the human right is respected and Indonesians are God-fearing.
    And if things like that happen, then it is either a collateral damage or the work of CIA or MOSSAD. Or it is the other, always the other …..
    No, Dimp, Indonesian wouldn’t do things like that…..

  13. avatar Dimp says:

    Hi Tomaculum,

    I almost forgot that Indonesia is a heaven….

    Damn those CIA/Mossad agents…

  14. avatar Teta says:

    For guys who hate everything to do with Indonesia, Dimp and Toma sure like to hang around this website.

  15. avatar Theo Dorrius says:

    Who murdered Munir and who organized the murder? Why was the killing done so in the open using a very high dosage of a poison, arsenic that is so easily detectable? Was there a very urgent reason why Munir was not supposed to reach the Netherlands? What was that reason? Why did those who planned the murder even involve the director of Garuda, though he would be the first one with an overriding responsibility for the safety of each of his passengers? Why did the Fact Finding Team suggested by the Parliament and declared by the President in 2004 not lead to the prosecution of the real perpetrators? Does this, possibly, mean that there is in Indonesia an institution or an organisation more powerful than the Parliament and the President? Is this, in the words of President Gus Dur, a State in the State? Can we name this organisation or groups of individuals? Why are these so powerful and clearly “above the Law”? Is this acceptable? What can be done? Involvement of the UN?

  16. avatar Teta says:

    Involvement of the UN?

    UN can’t even get their own house in order. The corruption in that organization is up there with DepHub.

  17. avatar Theo Dorrius says:

    Please give a positive suggestion. The case is too important for the suggestion that nothing can be done and that everything will remain as it always has been.

  18. avatar HeavenlySword says:

    For guys who hate everything to do with Indonesia, Dimp and Toma sure like to hang around this website.

    For people who can’t stand of the truth, surely people like Teta can’t stand of this site.

  19. avatar Rambutan says:

    Wow. Polly was sentenced to 20 years for his involvement in the Munir assassination. WIll he now talk about the real masterminds in BIN???

  20. avatar Theo Dorrius says:

    I am not sure whether the conviction of Polycarpus is good news or not. He just seems to be small-fry. Is he the one who put the arsenic in the glass of Munir or did he or others in the conspiracy told others to get this done? I think it was BIN or sources within BIN who in the end provided additional evidence which made it possible to convict Polycarpus. This may have been planned in order to get BIN itself off the hook. A long prison sentence in Indonesia for certain perpetrators is not that bad as Tommy’s sentence for killing a high court judge proves. Also the murderers of Theys Eluay got very lenient sentences and were openly praised as “heroes” for the work they did by the Head of TNI. They may even have been promoted since.
    Again in the case of the Freeport killings, which apparently involved Kopassus or Kopassus trained people people were convicted, without any consideration of the wider context and of the inconsistencies in the case.
    It is bad, but we need another Munir to unravel in a systematic way all these crimes. There is, whether one likes it or not, a State in the State. Some analysts call it the “deep state.” These are, aparently, the Untouchables. They can kill anybody in ways as open as possible with impunity.
    In the case of the mruder of Munir it seems the Dutch Government kept the autopsy report secret till after the Presidential elections,. “in order not to influence the elections.” Is the hand of the deep state so long that it is even touching the Dutch authorities?

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