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Court jails two PRD activist on subversion charges

Radio Australia - June 16, 1997

An Indonesian court has jailed two activists from the banned People's Democratic Party or P-R-D after they were found guilty of subversion.

The two men who were convicted of undermining the state ideology, criticizing the armed forces and attempting to topple the government.

They were the last of 14 members of the P-R-D to be charged following rioting in Jakarta last year after police and troops expelled supporters of Opposition Leader, Megawati Sukarnoputri from the headquarters of the Indonesia Democracy Party.

The head of the P-R-D's education and propaganda wing, I Gusti Anom Astika said he would appeal against the verdict, while Wilson bin Murtiyas, the head of the labour wing, has not indicated a course of action.

The chairman of the P-R-D, Budiman Sujatmiko, was jailed for 13 years in April while eleven P-R-D members were sentenced to between 18 months and 12 years jail.