8 May 2004

Indonesian policemen charged with crimes against Papuans

9:46 am on 8 May 2004

Two Indonesian police officers have gone on trial for allegedly allowing their subordinates to torture and kill civilians in Papua province.

Brigadier General Johnny Wainal and Senior Commissioner Daud Sihombing are accused of being responsible for crimes against humanity, conducted by their men.

Each man could face a maximum sentence of death if found guilty.

The indictment said the two had failed to prevent their subordinates from committing assaults, torture and killings in 2000.

The men were tried separately on the same charges at the human rights court in Makassar, yesterday.