31 Aug 2002

Indonesian military cite three more suspects in Eluay killing

9:28 am on 31 August 2002

The chief of the Indonesian Military Police says that three members of the Army's elite army unit, the Kopassus, have been named as suspects in the murder of the Papuan independence leader, Theys Eluay.

Major General Sulaiman's announcement takes the number of murder suspects, all of whom are Kopassus members, to 12 and they are currently detained at military police headquarters.

Mr Eluay, who was the chairman of the pro-independence Papua Presidium, was found dead in his car after attending a military celebration at the Kopassus headquarters in Jayapura on November 11 last year.

Indonesian military police confirmed its involvement in Mr Elay's murder in April.

Kopassus has been linked to many human rights abuses in Papua, Aceh, and the former Indonesian province East Timor.