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Bodies discovered in Sunda Straits island

Tapol - August 3, 1998

According to an Antara report published in Waspada on 2 August, fourteen bodies have been discovered in a mass grave on Sanglang Island in the Sunda Strait. News of the discovery of these bodies has spread to people in the districts of Serang and Cilegon, West Java. It is thought that they may be the bodies of the fourteen activists still believed to be missing.

Waspada reported that the local marine police, after hearing this news, made investigations but claim to have found nothing. The Cilegon police have also said they could find no evidence, nor could the office of the Anyer sub-district chief.

[We have heard independently that Munir, the lawyer who heads Kontras, the Commission for the Disappeared and Against Violence, is seeking clarifications about the discovery - Tapol.]