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Soldiers face jail for torturing Papuan men

Written By Voice Of Baptist Papua on January 20, 2011 | 4:01 PM

An Indonesian military prosecutor has requested a maximum of one year in jail for soldiers who tortured two Papuan men last year.
The torture of the men was captured in a chilling video which was shown around the world.
Soldiers took a burning stick to the genitals of one man, who was bound and naked, and they held a hunting knife to the face of another.
The prosecutor in the Jayapura military tribunal asked the judges to impose a one year sentence on a sergeant who threatened one of the Papuan men with a rifle and stepped on his head.

He says a private who wrapped a plastic bag around the victim's head, stepped on him and burned his genitals with a smouldering piece of wood should spend 10 months in jail.
He wants another private - who held a knife to the face of the second victim and slapped him - sentenced to nine months.
The case is being closely watched by Indonesia's foreign military allies, including Australia and the US, who view it a test of Indonesia's commitment to uphold human rights.
The incident occurred in an area of Papua where Indonesian troops frequently clash with poorly armed separatist rebels from the indigenous Melanesian majority.
The video attracted international scrutiny because it recorded the torture in graphic detail.
It later emerged that the military had failed to investigate the incident thoroughly.
Instead it prosecuted a group of soldiers for a separate, less severe case of video-documented torture.
The military said it could not prosecute those responsible because it could not find witnesses and no-one would confess.
It also refused to allow human rights investigators to question the junior soldiers stationed in the area
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