28 Dec 2010

Indonesia government questioned over security for freeport mine

9:23 am on 28 December 2010

A legislator in Indonesia plans to question the government and the Indonesian Military after documents released by Wikileaks suggested the US mining giant, PT Freeport, paid the military and the police for security in Papua.

The Jakarta Post reports that Legislator Helmi Fauzy, who is a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, said the military, and the police were not supposed to receive funds from private companies to support their security operations.

He told the Antara News agency that the private funding of military activities would lead to policy directions and operations based on the interests of those providing the money.

He described that direction as dangerous.