25 Jul 2011

Three Indonesian soldiers indicted for killing Papuan civilian

3:49 pm on 25 July 2011

A military tribunal in Papua has indicted three low-ranking Indonesian soldiers for the killing of a civilian in Puncak Jaya district last year.

The Jakarta Globe reports that the soldiers serve in the Army's Nabire Infantry Battalion, the same unit as four soldiers sentenced in November for torturing two Papuan civillians.

The torture incident, footage of which was widely accessible on the internet and caused international condemnation, occurred in the same district as the killing, two weeks later.

A military prosecutor has charged the three defendants in this latest case with torture.

They are accused of beating and shooting to death a civilian, identified as Kinderman Gire near a military checkpoint.