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KontraS calls for civilian court in death of Papuan pastor Yeremias

Tempo - October 22, 2020

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) has urged the government to take the shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremias Zanambani to civilian court trial if members of the National Armed Forces (TNI) are proven guilty in the pastor's death.

"Reviewing the shooting incident against the pastor, there is no form of harm that the TNI would endure. We think that there's no reason to take the legal process to the military court," said KontraS head of defense division, Arif Nur Fikri, in a press conference on Thursday, October 22.

The suspicion of TNI personnel involvement in the shooting was first mentioned by Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Mahfud MD. He cited the investigation report from the Intan Jaya TGPF (fact-finding team) which he specifically tasked to uncover the facts surrounding this incident.

However, Arif said KontraS highly appreciates the work done by the TGPF Intan Jaya and conveyed hope that the government's good intentions would not stop at the establishment of a fact-finding team.

"Upon how the [TGPF] is intended to uncover the case and assuring that it would run independently, transparently, and accountably," said Arif.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1398414/kontras-calls-for-civilian-court-in-death-of-papuan-pastor-yeremias