Jakarta – Authorities have named 29 Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel suspects over an attack on the Ciracas Police Station in East Jakarta and the destruction of public property on Saturday morning.
Military police commander Lt. Gen. Dodik Wijonarko said the 29 soldiers would be arrested to account for their actions.
"Their status has been upgraded to that of suspects, and we have filed for their detention," Dodik said in a press conference on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.
The military police investigated 51 TNI members of 19 units from last Saturday to Wednesday.
"We are still examining the [possible] involvement of 21 of them, while one has been released because he was only a witness," Dodik said.
The suspects reportedly admitted in the investigation that they had attacked the police station and damaged public property, arguing that they had been enraged by information about an alleged attack against a fellow serviceman.
They said a TNI member, identified as Second Pvt. MI, had been beaten up in Arundina, Ciracas. The Ciracas Police has denied this and said the soldier had been injured in a traffic accident.
The private, who is a member of the Army Law Directorate unit, is now being treated at Ridwan Meuraksa Hospital in East Jakarta.
Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa has apologized for the actions committed by the military personnel.
"We apologize to the victims, and we are sorry for the damage suffered by both civilians and members of the National Police," Andika said during a press conference on Sunday.
"We will make sure that we follow up on the matter, including by covering the costs of hospital care and providing compensation for the damage caused by the perpetrators," he added. (syk)