'Conspiracy' behind rights activist's death

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14 June 2005AMSTERDAM — The murder of Munir, a leading human rights activist in Indonesia, was the result of a conspiracy, an investigative commission has concluded.

14 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — The murder of Munir, a leading human rights activist in Indonesia, was the result of a conspiracy, an investigative commission has concluded.

Munir, 38, died on a Garuda Airlines flight from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to Amsterdam on 7 September last year. An autopsy by the Dutch Forensic Institute confirmed he had been poisoned by arsenic.

The Indonesian government established a special commission to examine the circumstances behind his death.

Despite repeated requests senior officials in the Indonesian intelligence service (BIN) have refused to cooperate with the investigation.

The commission has not named anybody it believes may be responsible for the murder but Indonesian police have focused on three member of the Garuda crew. One is in detention and the other two are being sought. 

Commission member Usman Hamid told newspaper 'The Jakarta Post' that the investigators could not draw any other conclusion other than that the killing was a result of a conspiracy.

"From documents, informational and communication material (connected to BIN agents) we have concluded the murder of Munir was a conspiracy," he said.

Munir was the founder of human rights organisation Kontras (Commission for Disappearances and Victims of Violence).

He was named Man of the Year by the leading Muslim periodical, UMMAT , and as a "young leader for the Millennium in Asia" by Asia Week in 2000. Kontras received the prestigious Yap Thiam Hien human rights award in 1998. 

The Indonesian government had given the commission a deadline of 23 June to complete its report but The Jakarta Post reports this might be extended, and new members may be appointed to speed up its work if the commission requests it.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news + Indonesian news + Indonesian human rights + Munir

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