Syofiardi Bachyul Jb, Padang, West Sumatra – Iwan Mulyadi, who was accidentally shot by a policeman in West Sumatra 12 years ago, will finally receive compensation.
"Praise God, there has been progress," said Iwan's lawyer Wengki Purwanto, who is also the chairman of the Association of Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights (PBHI) in North Sumatra.
Speaking to The Jakarta Post after meeting with West Sumatra Police's legal division on Monday, Wengki said the division head, Sr. Comr. Nina Febri Linda, had invited the PHBI as Ivan's legal advisor to discuss the compensation.
During the meeting, the PHBI was told that the National Police had asked the West Sumatra Police to implement a court ruling from seven years ago regarding the payment of Rp 300 million (US$20,199) in compensation.
The West Sumatra Police had also proposed a budget allocation for the payment from its revised 2018 budget, as per the National Police's instruction.
"Once approved, the funds will be wired to the West Pasaman Police, and the compensation can then be disbursed via the West Pasaman District Court," Wengki said.
Iwan was accidentally shot by First Brig. Nofrizal of the Kinali Police in West Pasaman regency on Jan. 29, 2006. The policeman was pursuing a suspect in Iwan's neighborhood. Iwan, who was 16 years old at the time, was shot in the back and paralyzed from his waist down, as the bullet hit his spinal cord.
Iwan, now 28 years old, is still disabled and surviving by begging in the streets with his 75-year-old father in Pekanbaru, Riau. (swa/swd)