12 Nov 2010

Indonesian soldiers sentenced over Papua torture

11:34 am on 12 November 2010

An Indonesian military court has sentenced four soldiers to up to seven months in jail for torturing indigenous Papuans in the restive Papua province.

The trial came after Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission released a video showing another group of Indonesian soldiers abusing Papuans, including burning the genitals of a man.

A spokesman for the Papua military command said there was no trial for that video because the identity of the perpetrators could not be confirmed.

However, military authorities ordered four soldiers to stand trial after a video taken by the military showed the soldiers hitting a group of Papuans with a helmet while questioning them about weapons.

Lieutenant Colonel Susiloa says the Papua military court has sentenced four personnel to jail for committing abuse to civilians.