Tag: POLICE

Papua police apologise for using snake during interrogation

Police in Indonesia’s Papua province have apologised after interrogators used a snake during an attempt to extract a confession from a suspected mobile phone thief, a spokesman said Monday. 

A video circulating online showed police in Jayawijaya district wrapping a snake around the neck of the suspect as they questioned him. 

A policeman could be heard asking the suspect: “How many times have you stolen a cellphone?”.

The man cowered and screamed in fear.  

“Many people saw his action but he didn’t confess, and that made the officer angry,” Papuan police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said.  

“The method is wrong and we have apologized,” he said, adding that one officer had been disciplined.  

Suryadi said the snake was tame and had been kept as a pet at the Jayawijaya police station for some time to scare drunkards, who often caused trouble in the neighbourhood. 

“They usually fled after they saw the snake,” he said. 

A lawyer who advocates for human rights in Papua, Veronica Koman, said police often used snakes while interrogating Papuans, including those arrested for suspected separatist activities.

“Inhumane treatment against Papuans is regularly reported,” Koman said.

“When this snake video surfaced, many Papuans, particularly activists who have been in and out of jail for political reasons, said that they have long known that snakes are being used by police and military,” she said.

A low-level separatist conflict has been taking place in Papua, a predominantly-Melanesian region, since the 1960s.

Security forces have been accused of human rights abuses while conducting counter-insurgency operations. 

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Double suicide attack kills 3 policemen in Jakarta

Three policemen were killed Wednesday night when two suicide attackers detonated bombs at a busy bus station in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police said.

“With deep sadness we announce that three officers are deceased,” national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said.

Two attackers were also dead and 10 people were injured, including five officers, Wasisto added.

Photos circulating on social media showed the strewn body parts of one of the suspected attackers.

Officers were guarding a parade to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on Saturday, when the attack occurred near a bus shelter at the Kampung Melayu terminal in eastern Jakarta, police said.

Police have been frequent targets of attacks in Indonesia following a crackdown on Islamic militants in the wake of the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people.

Wednesday’s attack was the second to hit the Indonesian capital in less than two years.

In January 2016, a gun and bomb attack in Jakarta’s business district killed eight people, including four attackers.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has been hit by a spate of terrorist attacks that have killed hundreds of people since 2000.

Indonesian police, soldiers banned from playing Pokemon Go

Indonesia’s police and military have banned their members from playing the popular virtual-reality game Pokemon Go, and warned that their premises were off limits to other gamers. Continue reading “Indonesian police, soldiers banned from playing Pokemon Go”

Police arrest KPK investigator over old case; wife says charges “trumped up”

Jakarta – A senior investigator at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) was arrested at midnight over a case dating back to over a decade ago, raising concerns about a possible witch hunt targeting top officials at the anti-graft agency. Continue reading “Police arrest KPK investigator over old case; wife says charges “trumped up””