PUBLIC AI Index: ASA 21/75/99
28 July 1999
Further information on EXTRA 89/99 (ASA 21/63/99, 16 July 1999) - Arbitrary
detention/fear for safety/Fear of torture or ill-treatment/possible
Adanan Abdullah, 28
Ansari Juned, 19
Bahri Insya, 22
Bakhtiar Razali, 17
Helmi Zulkifli, 17
Junaidi Ismail, 32
M Amin, 30
Marzuki Syamsuddin, 21
M Husen, 35
Muslidar Sabirin, 17
Mustafa Hasyem, 23
Nazir M Diah, 38
Nurdin Ibrahim, 23
Ramli Amin, 35
Rasyidan Yusof, alias Si Yem, 28
Si Bit A Rani, 18
Si Yan Lem Badai, 38
Zainuddin Syafii, 17
Amnesty International has learnt that the 20 men named above have been released.
They were arrested in Teunom Sub-district, West Aceh, on 9 July 1999.
It is now known that they were arrested as they arrived for work at PT Tiga
Mitra Perdana (PT TMP), a privately owned timber plantation at Laot Bhee, eight
kilometres from Gunong Baloh Village, in Teunom Sub-district. They were detained
by soldiers from Company A Yonif 132/BS of the Indonesian National Army (TNI),
who were waiting in three trucks.
They were taken to the West Aceh District Military Headquarters (Kodim West
Aceh) in the town of Meulaboh. Their families, and local community leaders
from Teunom who went to Kodim West Aceh, were not allowed to see them, and
the military authorities refused to explain why they were being held.
Several days later, military officials were reported as saying that the 20
men had been arrested on suspicion of links with the armed opposition group,
Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM), Free Aceh Merdeka, and that the area where the
men were arrested was frequently used as a training ground by GAM. The TNI
also claimed that during interrogation the 20 men had admitted giving money
to GAM, and that three of them admitted being GAM members.
Amnesty International is concerned by claims from human rights monitors that
the 20 men were interrogated without lawyers present, and that they were tortured
and ill-treated to force them to admit to involvement with GAM.
It now appears that the arrests may have been linked to a demonstration on
17 May, at PT TMP, at which more than a thousand Teunom residents demanded
three billion rupiah (around US$450,000) from the company for local development