brutal attitude of the Indonesian security forces has resulted
fatalities today (March 29th, 2001) in South Acheh. This case
is likely more related to rape cases and the homicides
perpetrated by Brimob there the monitoring team was trying to
BEHAVIOR OF THE INDONESIAN
ARMED forces including the police has also obviously
changed to be more aggressive and uncontrolled. There have
been scores of new victims among civilian since then. Not only
that, even the monitoring team for peace dialogue and Henry
Dunant Center (HDC) personnel have also been targeted ranging
from brutal harassment to fatal shooting.
On March 27th 2001, a convoy of monitoring team and one HDC
staff were brutally harrassed by KOSTRAD of Batallion 121 and
122 from Exxon-Mobil. The convoy was stopped at gunpoint near
Cot Matahe hill. All of passengers in those three cars were
ordered to pull out and lie down on the dirt and there was no
exception for the HDC staff. They were cursed with very bad
words angun barrels were put against the head of each of them.
Dr. Yusni Sabi, MA., the most senior person in the group,
received the worst treatment. He was ordered to roll down into
a dried ditch full with cow dung. The big "Peace Through
Dialogue" sticker logo on the cars were torn apart by the
angry troops. Only after the HDC staff made a phone call to
the army commander in Banda Acheh did the troops released and
let them proceed.
One day before (March 26th 2001), the HDC staff and other
monitoring team members had been harassed by Indonesian
Mariner in Blang Panyang North Acheh. The mariner hauled dirty
words towards the team and kicked the cars.
The brutal attitude of the Indonesian security forces has
resulted in fatalities today (March 29th, 2001) in South Acheh.
This case is likely more related to rape cases and the
homicides perpetrated by Brimob there the monitoring team was
trying to investigate. The victims were staff of monitoring
team for South Acheh. They were actually have been in hiding
after they received a good number of death threats. Mr. Tgk.
Al-Kamal had already experienced the brutality before his
assasination. About two months ago, when he attended the
Humanitarian Pause socializing program at a local radio
station, in which event also appeared the representative of
UNDP, Mr. Tgk. Al-Kamal was hit by a man who has close tie
with Brimob. He was passed out and needed hospitalization.
On March 28th 2001, Mr. Tgk. Al-Kamal, the head of monitoring
team in South Acheh, was summoned by South Acheh Police Chief,
Leut. Col. Ali Husein. Mr. Tgk. Al-Kamal fulfilled the summon
today (March 29th, 2001). He departed from Blang Pidie where
he lived accompanied by a lawyer, Mr. Suprin, SH, and the
HDC's driver, Mr. Amiruddin. The interrogation was finished in
the afternoon and the trio headed back to Blang Pidie.
According to eyewitnesses (student volunteers in South Acheh)
Mr. Tgk. Al-Kamal's car (Panther Isuzu) was obviously followed
by a car (also a Panther Isuzu, dark colored). When they
reached a place called 'Bukét Aluë Kliët' (Aluë Kliët
Hill), Mr. Tgk. Al-Kamal was apparently stopped by the chaser.
Student activists heard 4 gun blasts from the distance at
about 1600 hours. When people approached the site, they saw
the car that followed Mr. Tgk. Al-Kamal's car returned back
towards Tapaktuan. The eyewitnesses saw there was Monitoring
Team car parked on the road brim with the doors opened. Next
to the car, lied two dead bodies with blood pouring out from
their heads. Another corpse was found in the car with similar
When we check this news out with the hospital, the dead bodies
have arrived at the Tapaktuan General Hospital at 1845 hours.
Mr. Tgk. Al-Kamal's sister who lives in Tapaktuan, when we
checked her, informed us that Police Chief in Tapaktuan had
called her to pick up the bodies at about 1700 hours.
According to one informant, but not yet verified, the
perpetrators used a confiscated car in their action. The car
actually belongs to Mr. Tgk. Zulkarnaen Aden and was
confiscated by Police's Brimob about a half year ago. At the
time of incident, the car was bearing register number BL 468
TP and, still according to the informant who claimed kept
monitoring the car, then reg number changed to BL 94 TB after
the killing. This info came from someone in Tapaktuan. It
might be true, or, it might have come from someone to distort
by sources: the Monitoring Team, GAM's intelligence, HR-NGOs
and SIRA Team in in Acheh. For confirmation, please
contact the Monitoring Team for Security Matter and/or the
Henry Dunant Center at Kuala Tripa Hotel (0651-24737) Banda